Two regional health care facilities recently received much-needed funding under the state's Redevelopment Assistance Capital…
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday inaugurated three state-of-the-art health facilities at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) in Nairobi County, built and equipped at a cost of Ksh 1 billion.
Facilities include the Zarina Merali Surgical Nursery; the Center for Kidney Diseases and Organ Transplantation; and the Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Laboratory, which were developed through a combination of government funds and donations from development partners and philanthropists led by the Zarina Merali Foundation.
Speaking at the event, President Kenyatta noted that the inauguration of the facilities demonstrates the vast improvements in the country’s health system achieved during his tenure.
“Furthermore, this event demonstrates a genuine desire to bequeath to current and future generations of Kenyans, world-class facilities that provide exceptional healthcare services, for all,” President Kenyatta said.
He observed that the new Center for Kidney Diseases and Organ Transplantation will strengthen KNH’s “Interlife” program, which aims to reorganize kidney transplant services in the country.
So far, the president said that KNH has successfully performed more than 200 kidney transplants under the interlife program, adding that the new facility will further strengthen the referral hospital’s position as a regional center for excellence in kidney disease management in East Africa.
“This facility, which includes two fully equipped theaters, a 17-bed capacity ward, a resource center, clinics and a seminar room; was established at a cost of KShs 200 million. With this facility in operation, our patients are no longer at risk for infections that might otherwise interfere with preferred clinical outcomes,” said the President.
On KNH’s new Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Laboratory, the first of its kind in East Africa, the President said the facility will greatly support organ and tissue transplants by performing matching locally donors and recipients.
“In this state-of-the-art center, any kidney transplant patient can receive post-transplant care and clinical examinations from our specialists, whether the operation was performed locally or abroad,” a- he declared.
The Head of State thanked Ms. Zarina Merali, who was present, for her philanthropic contribution to the development of the surgical daycare center saying that the facility will serve as preparation and recuperation for patients requiring outpatient surgeries.
He said the facility will contribute to faster patient management, reduce congestion on wards in addition to reducing pre- and post-surgical admissions as well as theater wait times by allowing surgeries and discharges. the same day.
“I was taken to this establishment and can vouch for its state of the art theaters; world class equipment; and a well-trained and dedicated staff, who I am sure are prepared to offer a wide range of outpatient surgeries – i.e. cosmetic, dental, gynecological and endoscopic surgeries, to name but a few. some.
“I have further been informed that patients who have undergone surgery through this arrangement are truly grateful as they have gone home to recover in the comfort of their own homes, surrounded by their loved ones; which research has shown leads to better clinical outcomes for patients,” President Kenyatta said.
Stating that the government is keen to make KNH a leading specialty hospital, the President noted that the investments made by his administration are now paying off and urged health workers to remain focused on service delivery.
“As we were walking around, the CEO informed me that due to the hospitals we have built in various areas in Nairobi, the number of walk-in patients who were bottling KNH has gone from around 500 every day to 100 , allowing us to focus our attention on transforming this hospital into the first specialist hospital not only in Kenya but in the region, and that is what we want you to do,” he said.
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, who also spoke at the launch, thanked President Kenyatta for his continued advocacy for better health care across the country.
“Over the past two years, we have achieved many firsts thanks to your support and encouragement. We have made a first in terms of cancer care at Kenyatta University, Mombasa and a number of available hospitals in Nairobi. This can only be done with the leadership you provide to us. Without your support, this would not have been possible,” said CS Kagwe.
Other speakers included KNH Board Chairman George Ooko and Ms. Zarina Merali of the Zarina Merali Foundation.