A joyous celebration unfolded at the Mother and Baby Wing of Nakuru County Referral and Teaching Hospital as the facility marked a significant milestone—achieving over 3000 successful deliveries without any maternal deaths in the last quarter. This achievement stands as a testament to the dedicated efforts and commitment to providing high-quality Maternal and Perinatal care.
Midwives in the labor ward expressed jubilation, highlighting the positive impact of enhanced workforce and quality training in transforming the landscape of maternal care at the hospital. Despite previous challenges related to referral delays, the improved processes have contributed to this remarkable achievement.
The collaborative efforts of healthcare workers are evident in handling an average workload of 1000 deliveries per month, with approximately 700 being normal deliveries and 300 through Caesarean section. Mellen Gechemba, a midwife since 2014, shared her joy, emphasizing the satisfaction derived from assisting mothers in bringing new lives into the world.
While challenges, particularly referral delays, are acknowledged, Betty Kiprotich encouraged women to initiate antenatal clinics early, facilitating timely interventions. Veronicah Ongwae, in charge of the unit, marked the occasion with a celebratory cake, expressing gratitude for the team’s tireless efforts.
Clara Kerich, the County Coordinator for Reproductive Health, attributed this success to the implementation of the Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response (MPDSR) approach. County Head of Preventive and Promotive Health, Gerald Maina, also joined the momentous celebration at the facility.