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Sonko to build new maternity hospital

By Vincent Kejitan | September 22nd 2018

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko is set to build a new maternity hospital in Pumwani area, Nairobi.

Speaking after a meeting with experts from Aga Khan Hospital who promised to offer a temporary solution to the Pumwani Hospital menace by providing additional doctors, Sonko stated the new facility will have 450 beds.

“We got a permanent solution to the said crisis after meeting with a consortium that proposes to construct a 450-bed capacity hospital at Pumwani Hospital and a new hospital at Mutuini with a 250-bed capacity.

“The new 10-storey SONKO PUMWANI MATERNITY HOSPITAL which will stand side by side with the old hospital, will compose of a paediatric ICU, an adult ICU, a HDU, staff quarters, laundry and all necessary facilities,” said the governor.

He further stated that the groundbreaking ceremony will be on November 20, 2018, and the hospital will be officially opened in the next two years.

The proposed Sonko Health facility will offer the following levels of care: Surgeries, procedures, deliveries, immunization, and inpatient beds, with 24-hour emergency services and high-end diagnostic services.

It will also have a labour ward, delivery suites with four fully functional ward theatres and a postnatal ward.

The Newborn unit will have 100 incubators including neonatal ICU, 20 Neonatal HDU with 30 procedure rooms for breastfeeding.

Laundry, hospital kitchen and ambulance services will also be available for mothers.

This comes just a few days after the governor found bodies of 12 babies in polythene bags at the hospital.

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He later ordered thorough investigations into the matter to determine whether there was a child-trafficking ring at the hospital.

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