The maternity wing of the existing Naivasha District Hospital has 36 beds shared by 60 mothers.The nursery has 12 baby cots forsick babies and there are usually 20 babies in this 12X12 room.
ÂDue to the resulting overcrowding, babies and mothers are forced to share beds and facilities. The result of which increases the risk of cross contamination. Privacy is non-existent.
Labour and delivery are carried out in one large room that accommodates women who are in various stages of labour and delivery. Families and spouses are not allowed into the delivery area due to the overcrowding. Any deliveries with complications requiring special emergency attention, equipment or a designated facility simply cannot be attended to in the desired manner.
Therefore the birthing experience is not one of joy, but one of inadequate facilities, no family support, and potentially risky if there are any complications during birth.
Women with other gynaecological needs are currently treated in the general ward with other patients that have a wide range of ailments, including infectious diseases. We believe that these women deserve a designated and separate health care facility that assures a safer visit to the hospital and the appropriate level of care.
It is with this background that the tri-party co-operation has been formed. A dedicated womenâ€™s health care centre would address these problems and conditions, and would go a long way in improving the well-being of Women and children in this region.
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