By Kurgat Marindany.
Women in Olgulului Location, Lenkism Division of Kajiado South Sub-couinty have reason to smile after the efforts of a young man and other well-wishers to put up a maternity facility in the area finally bore fruit.
Disturbed by senseless loss of lives among the Maasai women during childbirth, a young man from the area, James ole Seita and other stakeholders put their heads and resources together and decided to raise funds for the construction a maternity facility. Seita, a hotelier based in Nairobi, had one morning woken up to sad news that their neighbour, a young woman in Olgulului had passed on at her home while giving birth.
The sad news was so devastating for young Seita that he started contemplating doing something about it.
Said Seita to himself: “That young woman who has just died in the hands of a traditional birth attendant will mark the beginning of my struggle to ensure our mothers and wives will no longer give birth in undignified manner and dirty surroundings.” That is when he came up with the idea to one day put up a maternity facility for local poor women, who had never seen the inside of a modern hospital.
His vision was, however, hampered by the financial constraints and other challenges. Olgulului is located in Olgulului Sub-location, Olgulului Location, Lenkism Division of Kajiado South Constituency, a very remote place that borders part of the Amboseli ecosystem and home to all manner of wild animals that roam the plains and forests freely. The roads to Olgulului are in a terrible state and impassable during the rainy season.
Seita, nevertheless, did not despair and having worked in the hospitality industry, he resolved to solicit for assistance from friends to ensure his dream becomes a reality.
Personalities such as Paresh Patel, Jitendra Patel (JC), Limakant Patel, all from the Patel Community in Kenya and associated with Sheetal Charitable Trust were contacted with requests to give assistance. Sheetal Charitable Trust chipped in and started by putting up a perimeter wall for a school in Kumpa area in Kajiado Central Subcounty and donated books to various schools in both, Narok and Kajiado.
After listening to Seita’s sad story, JC Patel and others then convened an impromptu meeting and converged in Nairobi and come up with a workable idea of ending senseless deaths of mothers during childbirth.
Sheetal Charitable Trust agreed to take up the challenge and the members immediately came up with ways of raising money for a maternity facility.
Initially, the biggest impediment was how to get a piece of land where they would put up the maternity facility for the community. Luckily, Seita was ahead of everybody else and had already talked to the County Government over the same.
Not long afterwards, Olgulului government health centre was put up with ample space for the construction of a modern maternity wing.
Talking during the handing over of the brand new maternity wing to the County Government in Olgulului, Paresh Patel said; “Our dream has been realised today”.
Governor David Nkedianye and his County Health Minister, Gladys Marima and Health CO, Fridah Tait witnessed the handing over of the Sh20 million facility.