BUSINESS WITH A CONSCIENCE
The Mabati Medical Centre was founded in the year 2000 to provide primary health care to the workers of Mabati Rolling Mills Steel Plant in Mariakani Town just outside the port of Mombasa in Kenya. But this is a community barely on the bread line and the workers’ families and community members in Mariakani and surrounding areas were without primary healthcare facilities.In less than a year, the Centre extended primary healthcare services to the community at a highly subsidized cost of just KShs. 300 ($3) for consultation, treatment and medication. In most cases the cost of just the medicines is more than the fee charged. The number of patients ballooned, from 8,000 cases per year in 2002, to 21,000 cases per year. In 2019 this number stood at just under 33,000 patients. The centre is 24hr/ 7 days facility.
MOTHER AND CHILD HEALTH
A major focus area has always been on Mother and Child health, aiming to reduce mortality, provide preventative immunization and educate mothers through pre and post natal care.
50% of those treated are women and children.Family Planning advice and minor procedures are also offered, and from 2015, a new Ultrasound screening service is available.The importance of this work is highlighted by the following table:-
HIV AND AIDS
As a direct consequence of Mariakani’s location along a major trucking route, the local community has a high prevalence of HIV and AIDS. The Medical Centre houses an entire wing for treatment of HIV/AIDS (which is operated by Bomu Hospital, a project of Mkomani Clinic Society).
It aims to reduce HIV prevalence rate among 15-
BASIC HEALTH CARE SERVICES
Mabati Medical Centre provides a range of services to Mabati Rolling Mills staff and neighbouring communities:
- Immunizations: Children receive all necessary immunizations or vaccinations and full records are maintained. 1281 children were immunized in 2013 and 893 in 2014.
- First Aid/ Primary Care: the Centre is equipped to deal with all minor injuries and general sicknesses.
- Specialist Treatment: Several times a year, assisted by the Lions Club of Mombasa Pwani and like-
minded organisations and medical professionals, specialist medical “camps” provide free dentistry, eye care and family planning services to the community, and can treat more than 1,500 patients in a single day.
OUTREACH AND AWARENESS
Good health contributes to well-
- The Mabati Medical Centre runs various outreach programmes in neighbouring communities;
- Woman’s Health
- Family planning
- Maternity and child care
- Community health and hygiene
- Drug and Alcohol abuse
- HIV / AIDS & TB education program in collaboration with BOMU hospital