Nturukuma Residents Welcome New Maternity

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Residents of Nturukuma location in Nanyuki ward are the newest beneficiaries of maternity services closer home, with the opening of a new maternity wing.
Governor Ndiritu Muriithi has termed the development as a step in the fulfillment of the rights of citizens to access quality healthcare.
The new maternity ward, which becomes the second maternity within Nanyuki ward after the one at the Nanyuki Teaching and Referral Hospital, is a step towards promoting access to medical services at the lower level health facilities in the spirit of the unique Laikipia Universal Health Coverage model.
Nturukuma Dispensary joins 15 other health facilities that provide free maternity services across the county. It has a fully equipped labour ward, a three-bed post-natal ward, antenatal facility among other maternity service points.
Additional medical staff will be posted to the facility as the county government plans to upgrade it to a health centre.The new maternity is constructed further off the road and offers the much-needed privacy that mothers had longed for.
The facility will serve as a catchment area of Nturukuma, Katheri and Likii, thereby decongesting the maternity wing at the Nanyuki Teaching and Referral Hospital.
The project is part of a wider plan of strengthening lower level health facilities across Laikipia to achieve a robust community health management with an efficient referral system. The project will see the construction and equipping of medical facilities to enable them handle most of the diagnostics and maternity services.
Laikipia universal health coverage model focuses on recruiting more Community Health Volunteers to strengthen the community health units, which have been instrumental in promotive health education.
The County Government and the national government have also agreed on a joint recruitment of over 80 medical personnel at different cadres to boost health services across the county. Further, the county government has received 81 million shillings from the Ministry of Health towards the purchase of drugs.
Area MCA Veronica Ikunywa lauded the government for fulfilling the promise of the facility to the residents, and encouraged them to make use of it.

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