SPORTPESA DONATES MEDICAL EQUIPMENT TO HOMABAY COUNTY

Chief Exercutive Officer Sportpesa Ronald Karauri give his speech after donating medical equipment to HomaBay County. PHOTO / JOY NASIMIYU

Sportpesa donates medical equipment to HomaBay County. PHOTO / JOY NASIMIYU

SPORTPESA DONATES EQUIPMENT TO MAGUNGA HOSPITAL, HOMABAY

By Joy Nasimiyu

SportPesa Foundation continues to build

on its promotion of safer deliveries

through equipping maternity units, with

Magunga Level 4 hospital becoming the

latest beneficiary of the company’s

maternal health care support programme.

The health centre, located in Gwassi

South Division, Homabay County has

received delivery beds, maternity ward

beds and an incubator from SportPesa

Foundation. This has been done under

the company’s maternal health care

programme launched in March 2021.

In addition to the equipment, SportPesa

Foundation donated sanitary towels

which will be distributed by the health

facility and local community

representatives to avert ‘sex for pads’

predatory behaviour in the area, where

vulnerable women who are unable to

afford sanitary towels are preyed on by

men for cash to purchase these. This

has led to teenage pregnancies in some

instances.

“We have had a big problem in this area

especially when dealing with pre-term

babies because of lack of proper

equipment. The nearest referral

hospital is either Suba sub-county

hospital or St. Camillus Mission

Hospital in the neighbouring Migori

County,” said Magunga Hospital’s

facility-in-charge Richard Ojuok.

“Sometimes mothers have to walk very

far to access our services which we

offer using modest equipment because we

are the only hospital around here and

cover a very large area. Others opt to

give birth at home because of distance

to the hospital,” he added.

SportPesa CEO Capt. Ronald Karauri who

presented the equipment to the hospital

urged corporates to support non-profit

organizations and the government in

improving affordable, quality and

easily accessible maternal health care

to all communities across the country

especially those in remote areas.

“Let us not sit back and leave this

burden to the government and NGOs alone

but embrace public private

partnerships, where we can lend a hand

according to our capabilities, to

promote safer deliveries in hospitals

by making these services easily

accessible and equipping hospitals

appropriately,” Capt. Karauri remarked.

The latest support comes at a time when

the United Nations World Health

Organization and UNFPA have announced

five new targets to cut maternal deaths

globally. The initiative – Ending

Preventable Maternal Mortality (EPMM) –

will incorporate an expanded network

of partners working in maternal and

newborn health. It has set new

milestones that are to be achieved by

year 2025 if the Sustainable

Development Goals are to be met

globally.

Four of the five targets set under this

initiative are: getting at least 90%

of women to attend four or more

antenatal care visits, 90% of births in

an area to be attended by skilled

health personnel, to have at least 80%

of women who have just given birth to

access post-natal care within two days

of delivery and that at least 60% of

the population of women within an area

to have access to emergency obstetric

care within two hours of travel time.

Since the roll out of the Maternal

Health Care programme by SportPesa

Foundation, the company has donated

equipment to several public and mission

hospitals in seven counties. These

counties are: Homabay, Narok, Kiambu,

Meru, Nairobi, Bomet and Tharaka Nithi.

Magunga Level 4 Hospital was

established in 1950 as a dispensary. In

February 2019 it was upgraded to a

level 4 health facility serving as a

major referral hospital within the

region.

SportPesa Foundation supports

communities in areas of sports and

education, maternal care and ending

period poverty by promoting menstrual

hygiene projects.

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