"Kenyan hospital becomes first ‘St John Paul II’ facility"

From The Irish Catholic,

A medical facility in Kenya is claiming a first in its renaming as the St John Paul II Maternity Hospital. Immediately after the Sunday canonisation of the Polish Pontiff the planned change of name for the facility at Isiolo came into effect, creating what is believed to be the first to bear his canonised title.

Operating for a year, the plan to name the hospital in honour of Pope John Paul II was first mooted by founder Professor Robert Walley of MaterCare International in 2005 when the Pontiff died. Following approval from local Bishop Anthony Ireri Mukobo, the ‘saint’ title was added on Sunday.

The Saint John Paul Hospital serves the maternity needs of rural women in Isiolo. The facility has a jeep ambulance and two motorcycle ambulances with stretchers which can reach mothers in danger in areas where there are no roads. With this system the hospital has already succeeded in saving mothers’ lives in the area of Merti three hours from Isiolo.

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