The Safaricom Foundation has donated equipment worth Sh10 million to the newborn unit at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH).

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According to Rita Okuthe, Trustee, Safaricom Foundation, the equipment will help to improve service delivery.

"The equipment includes phototherapy machines and cardiac monitors which will be used in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)," said Okuthe.

Okuthe made the remarks on Friday at MTRH after handing over the equipment.

"The healthcare boost will increase the capacity of the newborn unit to offer treatment to more than 100 infants and will serve Uasin Gishu County and referrals from neighbouring counties," she added.

She further said that the future of children can be secured by providing quality healthcare right at the beginning of their lives to prevent infant mortality.

Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital CEO Dr Wilson Aruasa lauded the donation, noting that the hospital will be able to offer quality neonatal services.

He said that 70 babies are born in a day noting that a number of them are required to be admitted to the newborn unit. 

Dr Aruasa said at the moment the newborn unit serves 94 babies instead of 60, adding that the new equipment will help to serve them better.

He said that Eldoret is a major health hub in the country, adding that MTRH will always work to deliver quality healthcare.