Woman representative decries poor state of maternity facilities

Tana River County Woman Representative Rehema Hassan has decried the poor state of maternity facilities in the county and called for an urgent upgrade of the same.

She specifically lamented over the pathetic state of the facilities at the Hola County Hospital and urged the County Government to complete the stalled multi-million maternity complex.

I am calling upon my governor to finalise the construction of the maternity complex at the Hola County Hospital to enable our mothers to deliver their babies in a dignified environment, she told journalists in Hola Town on Tuesday.

The construction of the maternity wing, whose foundation stone was laid by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, stalled after the contractor abandoned it when the county government ran out of funds.

Since the current governor, Major (rtd) DhadhoGodhana took over, the county has not received any development funds hence most projects he inherited from former governor Hussein Dado have remained incomplete.

The maternity complex project is one of the projects aimed at giving the hospital a face-lift, and which were funded by the National Government to the tune of Sh200 million.

I recently toured the hospital and witnessed a very embarrassing sight. All the women were accommodated in the maternity ward including those in labour and those nursing infants, she said.

The problem, she said, was replicated in most health facilities in the county, saying expectant mothers were not getting the respect they deserved due to the pathetic conditions.

The legislator noted that the hospital beds and mattresses were too old, and that in some instances, patients were forced to carry their own mattresses to avoid contracting diseases from the dirty linen at the hospital.

Source: Kenya News Agency