By Festus Kipchumba.
Since time immemorial, women in Tiaty sub county, used to travel hundreds of Kilometres when they want to give birth due to lack of maternity services within the entire sub county, something which has led to high maternal deaths.
However, this is set to become a thing of the past as from today after the official commissioning of Chemolingot maternity wing which was constructed by Safaricom foundation at a cost of Shs 13 million.
According to Joseph Ogutu Safaricom Foundation Chairman, the wing will now assist women to deliver safely free from any complications unlike the past when they used to travel more than 150 kilometres to seek for the crucial services.
Safaricom Foundation Trustee Rita Okuthecalled upon women to utilize the facility at the same time urging them to let their little girls pursue education instead of marrying them off at a tender age.
“My only appeal is for those school going girls to be given an opportunity to further their education which is one of the ways of transforming the community” she added.
Tiaty MP William Kamket lauded Safaricom Foundation saying that the project will play a big role in ensuring that it boosts maternal health care in the region.
“I am now calling upon the young men from Tiaty to see to it that they ‘increase’ the population in the best way they know now that we have a maternity wing within our community” affirmed Kamket.
Baringo Woman Representative Gladwel Cheruiyot said that the facility will offer women the necessary healthcare attention they require when they are giving birth, saying that it will also reduce postnatal complications.
Stanley Kiptis, Baringo County Governor said that they will ensure that the facility get enough healthcare workers who will be offering professional services which will guarantee safe delivery.
CAS Devolution Abdul Buhari who was representing Cabinet Secretary Devolution Eugene Wamalwa, noted that the government is keen to ensure that its citizens get quality healthcare services in all corners of the countries.
The maternity wing which was equiped by the Kenya Devolution Support Programme, comprise of a delivery room, theater and post natal.
The Safaricom Foundation has allocated Sh82 million to help fight maternal and infant mortality in Baringo County.
Also the foundation set aside Sh132 million to promote maternal, newborn and child health services around the country.