Wed. Oct 16th, 2019


Serving the rural People

Young leader transforming basic healthcare under governor Sonko’s government

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Geoffrey Mosiria,  isn’t your ordinary youth; judging by his recent performance at the largest Maternity Hospital in East Africa as an administrator.

Mosiria who is the youngest administrator running one of the biggest maternity hospital in East and Central Africa: Pumwani Maternity Hospital as he has clearly indicated that if the young can be trusted with admission then the society can change.

“We are ensuring that adequate healthcare in realization of the Big 4 agenda under the leadership of Governor Sonko is real as per the presidents dream”.

Mosiria happily shares to Gusii Star how his brief stint at the hospital has changed the hospitals face to the Public.

We have engaged From locams (extra hours for staff to cover shortage and get paid) , so as to ensure that staff get comfortable at the working place by providing a conducive environment.

Mr Mosiria says that for the barely few months he has been at the helm of the Hospital he has to ensure that the needs of the employees of the hospital are taken care of and now yielding fruits.

“For the last five years Pumwani used to be viewed by the public as a hospital that does not take care of its patients, but we have had changes of late,….. we have the painting works….we didn’t have a mortuary, a cold room, now we have that and it  is fully function,” said Mosira.

“We have 9 wards now. The wards which lay idle because they were not in good shape have been repaired and are in use” he added.

The hospital has been in newspaper headlines for all wrong reasons not even the media could be allowed in to the facility but this has changed earning respect and adoration from the community since Nairobi governor’s visit that exposed the rot at the Hospital.

“ Were it not for the intervention of Governor Mike Sonko to have given us  youth a chance to lead this changes we are seeing maybe could have not been realized to this great county of Nairobi”, Mosiria said during the interview.

As an Administrator, Mosiria has put the hospital on a global map with its recent installation of the 2nd Milk Bank after South Africa, to establish a human milk bank in sub-Saharan Africa – even though it is a pilot.

The initiative will help babies who cannot get breast milk from their mothers for reasons such as death, poor health or absence.

The bank is a joint initiative by the Ministry of Health and PATH, a US-based nonprofit health organization.

“The changes we have are visible and the appreciation from the public is overwhelming.

The opening of an outpatient department and new ward, changing the general outlook of the hospital this is just but a drop in the ocean compared to the hard work we have put in place under the governors watch as we ensure the hospital runs without any problem”, Mosiria told Gusii star.

He adds that the Milk Bank will not only help feed the orphaned and malnourished babies get the nutrients as they are essential to healthy developments of a child but also help other who cannot manage to produce enough milk for their new-born babies.


New face

A closer look by Gusii star shows a different look and satisfied clientele as compared to how the Hospital was in the previous times.

For example the New wards, furniture, decor and installation of new mortuary coolers donated by Governor Sonkos administration has seen the hospitals face change.

The human milk bank which is the second in Africa and the first in East Africa has also lifted the hospitals image across the country.

Mosiria also says that though he was hesitant to be the hospitals administrator, he Working hand in hand with the governor to bring great change to this great hospital.

He also asserts that if people of his age can be trusted then the presidents Big 4 agenda can be realized within the stipulated time.

Some of the women, who spoke to the Gusii star, said they have not been charged for maternity services.

“I have just given birth to my third kid. We were well received, and I delivered normally. I’m really grateful, the services here are excellent,” said Charity Nzioki, a mother of three.

Waithera Njuguna  and Moraa Asuma, who had also delivered at the facility, said they are glad to have given birth safely at the hands of the staff at Pumwani.

“Our mothers do a great job of bringing us to earth. Therefore, we should provide better facilities for them to deliver safely. We cannot afford to lose the mother or the child,” Sonko told the staff and the nursing mothers last year when he visited the Hospital.

About Pumwani Hospital

Pumwani Maternity Hospital is a referral maternity hospital located on the   east of Nairobi City. The hospital has a vision to be an autonomous, efficient maternity hospital where all mothers receive comprehensive essential maternity care. This is to be achieved by a mission to provide leadership in maternity services, training and development of Clinical and Nursing services.

The Hospital was founded in 1926 by a Charitable Organization called Lady Grigg Welfare League and was named Lady Grigg Maternity.  In 1928 the first permanent building was put up at the Hospital and later some extensions were made to give the Hospital a bed capacity of 27.

In 1944 the Hospital was taken over by the Municipal Council of Nairobi.  The Pumwani Maternity Hospital is a pioneer in the provision of maternity care in Sub-Saharan Africa.  The name Pumwani is derived from the Swahili word tobreatherelax which is befitting of a mother who has just delivered a healthy baby.

Today, it is an Obstetric and referral hospital for delivery of expectant mothers in Nairobi, and adjoining districts.  It has 354 Obstetric beds, 144 baby cots and 2 Theatres.  Daily normal deliveries are between 50 – 100, and Caesarean Sections are 10 – 15 respectively.

The Hospital falls under the jurisdiction of county government of Nairobi and run by a Management Board.  To date the Hospital remains the largest maternity hospital in the country and Sub-Saharan Africa.  It is equivalent to a Provincial Hospital in status and is reported to be third busiest maternity hospital in the African continent.