Kwale County Minister of Health, Dr. Athuman Chiguzo, cutting
the ribbon to the door at the new unit.
Seen [from left] Branch Chairman of EAWL South Coast Mrs.
Pauline McKenzie, Msambweni Hospital representative for the
Nursing Officer in charge, Nurse John Mzomo, Kwale County
Minister of Health Dr. Athuman Chiguzo, Medical Superintendent
Dr. Yakub Juma, Chairman Palliative Care Committee EAWL SC
Branch Mrs. Anne Vaughan and Health Administration Officer Madam
Binti Ali Shee.
His Honour, the Minister of Health Kwale County, Dr. Athuman
Chiguzo, officially received the keys of the newly constructed
Palliative Care Clinic facility at Msambweni County Referral
Hospital on Friday 16th September 2016 at 16.00 at
This two roomed unit is the brain child of the members
of the South Coast Branch of the East Africa Women’s
League, spear-headed by their chairman Mrs. Pauline
McKenzie, to meet the established need for community
outreach for terminally ill patients. With sponsorship
from the Commercial Bank of Africa, today this unit is a
Utilising existing space within the hospital’s
Outpatients Department, the facility provides a
peaceful, private consultation room and an examination
room, where patients can receive advice, guidance and
treatment from the professional team of hospital staff
who will man this much needed service, especially for
the home care of patients, through the outreach
The existing, largely unused waiting area was renovated
to meet the hospital requirements – erecting floor to
ceiling panels, lockable doors, ceiling fans, plumbing
to two stainless steel sinks, lighting and sockets,
replacing existing window frames with hard wood and
frosted glass and the entire structure was painted
The new unit keys, being handed over to the Minister of
Health Kwale County Dr.
Chiguzo by Mrs. Anne Vaughan.
This Palliative Care facility will greatly assist the hospital
medical specialists as a referral unit for patients.
It will also provide a quality working facility for staff coping
with the stress and demands of treating terminally ill patients
and their caregivers.
It is the only Palliative Care Centre in the Kwale County.
The objective of the East Africa Woman’s League is to
“promote the physical, moral and mental welfare and
happiness of all women and children”.
South Coast Branch members appreciate this cooperation with the
Kwale Ministry of Health in developing, through networking and
partnership, this new health outreach service.