Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects 2011/2012: Handing Over for The Project for the Expansion of St. Theresa’s Dispensary
||Handing Over for The Project for the Expansion of St. Theresa’s Dispensary
||27 February 2013
||Bandara Salaama, Chonyi Division, Kilifi District, Coast Province
||The Project for the Expansion of St. Theresa’s Dispensary
||US$111,588 (approx. Kshs 9 Million)
- Archbishop Lele of Diocese of Mombasa
- Mr. Yoichiro Yamada, Deputy Chief of Mission of Japan
- Choyi Division Officer
- District Public Health Officer
- Vicaress of Sisters of St. Joseph
- Members of Staff of St. Theresa’s Dispensary
- Members of communities
About 500 participants in total.
||An inauguration of the Project for the Expansion of St. Theresa’s Dispensary, of which the Grant Contract was signed on February 2012, was held at the site with the presence of Mr. Yoichiro Yamada, the Deputy Chief of Mission of Japan to Kenya.
The aims of this project were to provide maternity facility as women in the area have had many difficulties due to the lack of such facilities in nearby area, and to accommodate staff on site to enable emergency treatment during the night. Hence the grant provided through GGP was used to construct a maternity wing, a staff quarter and toilets and to install medical equipment, furniture, solar panel and water tanks.
H.G. Lele gave blessings to newly constructed facilities then he and Mr. Yamada cut a ribbon together to officially open the facility. Following this, Sr. Mary, a nursing officer in charge of the dispensary, showed the facilities to the guests.
After the community members performed traditional dances, Sr. Mary expressed her gratitude to Japan in her speech. Then a woman representing the community also told the importance of having a maternity wing in the area from her experience that she delivered her first daughter along the road on her way to a hospital as the nearest hospital that time was in 30km away.
Mr. Yamada congratulated St. Theresa’s Dispensary for its successful and timely completion of the project and appreciated dedication and hard work of all the stakeholders which made possible to complete the project in one year. Then he concluded his speech by calling for continuous support from the community for the dispensary to be fully utilized and maintained for the longest of time.