The SportPesa Foundation community development train made another stop at the Lunga Lunga Health Centre on Friday morning.
Led by SportPesa CEO Captain Ronald Karauri, the foundation gave a donation amounting to Ksh1.7
million as part of its contribution in making the facility’s new maternity wing functional.
Lunga Lunga Health Centre in Industrial Area mainly supports patients from informal settlements of
Mukuru, especially Mukuru kwa Njenga.
The government embarked on building the in-patient maternity
wing to facilitate 24-hour all-round maternal health services.
They delivered various donations to equip the hospital’s new maternity block
constructed by Nairobi Metropolitan Services.
“We support the initiative by NMS to increase capacity in the sub-counties to ease pressure on the
public referral hospitals and also improve access to healthcare in Nairobi’s informal settlements.
“SportPesa remains committed to supporting maternal health care to help women access quality services
easily,” said SportPesa CEO Captain Ronald Karauri.
The Foundation donated eight beds for the labour ward, 10 baby cots, two delivery beds, an incubator and laundry room equipment.
“This is the third such facility we are supporting in three months and remain committed to partnering
with similar facilities across different counties.
“It warms our hearts as SportPesa to see that we are helping our mothers by giving access to the maternal needs that they require,” he added.
The facility is the only one with a maternity ward in the Viwandani ward and caters to a population of around 46,000 people who desperately need better healthcare facilities.
“In the past, we purely catered for outpatients only, but with this new block, we project up to 500
deliveries per month once it is complete. The donation today from SportPesa Foundation will go a long
way in enabling us to support the surrounding settlements,” said Anne Maru, the Facility-In-Charge at
the Lunga Lunga Health Centre.
SportPesa Foundation is committed to supporting communities in sports & education, maternal care
and ending period poverty by promoting menstrual hygiene projects.
“Even the word thank you is not enough for a day like this. I cannot explain how grateful we are for this generous donation.
“There are so many young women who need this maternity facility and it will go a long way in ensuring they have a place to go when they are due to give birth,” the chairman of the facility Josh Waraga stated.
The donation comes weeks after a
similar one worth Ksh1.3 million to Riruta Health Centre and Kshs800,000 in support of Bomet County’s Ndarawetta Dispensary.