Relief for mothers with high risk pregnancies in Mombasa

New Maternal High Dependency unit opened at Coast General Hospital. PHOTO COURTESY

Mombasa, KENYA: Women with high-risk pregnancies will now not have to look for treatment in other counties following the opening of a new Maternal High Dependency Unit at the Coast General Hospital.

The new unit has 8 fully equipped beds that will allow doctors and other physicians to attend to women with high-risk pregnancies and also avoid the high number of patients in the ICU from the maternal unit.

Speaking at the launch on Monday, Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho said that the unit will also help in serving neighboring counties to avoid maternal and infant deaths.

“This hospital is the largest in the region, and this new facility will not only help in saving lives of women and children from Mombasa but also other counties. We have found out that currently majority of the patients in this hospital come from other counties,” said the governor.

According to the CEO of the hospital, Iqbal Khandwalla, they get at least 60 referrals per month from other counties.

Khandwalla said the new unit will help in decongesting the hospital’s maternal unit and also reduce the number of patients coming from the maternal unit into the ICU.

“We believe that with this facility we shall be able to attend to high-risk pregnancies more effectively and thus improving our maternal and child health indicators like maternal mortality and fresh stillbirth rate,” said Khandwalla.

Also at the launch was Safaricom Foundation Trustee, Rita Okuthe who commended the county government for the strides it’s taking in improving the health sector.

Okuthe said that the improvement will help in positioning the county as a Medical Tourism destination.

“This county has among the best and most dedicated personnel in the health sector.” Said Okuthe.