The Health Centre was officially opened on 12 November 2011. The Centre offers high medical standard with modern equipment and well-educated staff. The Centre provides a broad spectrum of medical services including primary care, dental care, HIV prevention, childbirth services and maternity care, vaccinations, basic surgery, lab tests, diagnoses as well as preventive care and education in health-related matters and a pharmacy.
The health situation in Kenya is slowly but surely improving. At the same time, there are differences between cities and countryside when it comes to availability of healthcare, with a doctor-density outside the big cities corresponding to around one percent of the Swedish level.
Today we can look back on a successful development of our health services.
In 2021 a collaboration with a well-known local hospital was initiated and in September 2021 the daily operations of Gundua Health Centre was transmitted to Nanyuki Cottage Hospital with the aim of further developing the health services provided and to acquire a Level 4 Hospital-status (in line with Meru and Kiirua Hospitals).
Gundua Health Centre/ Nanyuki Cottage Hospital has equipped and furthered developed the premises and the operations:
- Triage room in the entrance (for rapid initial patient assessment)
- New maternity ward/delivery room
- Operating room
- Patient admission room for 12 patients in one of the Wallenberg Houses, including new shower/toilets and laundry facilities
Apotek Hjärtat has been the main sponsor of the health centre since the start and has supported the centre with important pharmaceutical competence. Gundua Health Centre also collaborates with Rotary’s medical bank, which means that primarily dentists from the Nordic countries contribute with their know how and experience to the clinic.
Even if care and medication are important, there is a lot to gain from preventive care. The long-term ambition of Gundua Health Centre/Nanyuki Cottage Hospital is to increase the standard of living in the region by battling problems such as malnutrition, resistance to antibiotics, alcoholism, sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies. The main challenge is to increase the inhabitants’ generally low knowledge of hygiene and health. And the first step to generate change is to educate the children. Sexual information and family planning is neglected and many students at Gundua Secondary School are forced to interrupt their studies because they get pregnant.