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Safaricom donates ambulance for maternal healthcare in Samburu county

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By Michael Saitoti | June 23rd 2015

Maralal, Kenya: Mpesa Foundation has pledged to work closely with Samburu county government in upgrading health facilities.

The Foundation's executive director, Mr Les Baillie said his institution would work closely with county government in ensuring that the programme benefits people.

Mr Baillie said 57 clinics will be upgraded to improve maternal health in the region.

Samburu County governor, Moses Lenolkulal said the community would benefit from close to Sh578million in the three year programme.

Governor Lenolkulal praised the foundation and other NGOs for cooperating with his government in setting up projects that have improved health of locals.

He said hospital deliveries have improved after the projects were initiated in the region by institutional partners.

“The average birth per day is currently between five and eight at the Samburu referral hospital situated in Maralal,” He said.

The governor added that the partnerships have mainly benefited people at Suguta Marmar and Barsaloi areas in Samburu central.

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“We hope to enrich our facilities and decrease infant mortality rate within our county with the help our donors and partners,” he said.

The two were speaking at Kenyatta stadium in Maralal town yesterday when the Mpesa Foundation team toured the county to handover an ambulance and bicycles.

More than 70 bicycles were given to Community Health Workers to easy their movements when delivering health services in villages.

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