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The facilities which include the Zarina Merali Surgical Nursery; the Center for Kidney Diseases and Organ Transplantation; and Laboratory of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics, were developed through a combination of government funds and donations from development partners and philanthropists led by the Zarina Merali Foundation.
Zarina is the widow of deposed billionaire Naushad Merali and has donated 100 million shillings to the surgical daycare.
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.
“Moreover, 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,said President Kenyatta.
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.
The President revealed 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 of excellence in the management of kidney diseases. kidney disease in East Africa.
“This facility, which includes two fully equipped theatres, 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 of 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 surgery was performed locally or abroad,” he said.
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 for surgeries and discharges as soon as possible. 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 because they have returned home to recover in the comfort of their homes, surrounded by their loved ones; which research has shown leads to better clinical outcomes for patients,said President Kenyatta.
The president also 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 went down from around 500 a day to 100, thus enabling 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 made a first in terms of cancer care at Kenyatta University, Mombasa and a number of available hospitals in Nairobi and we made a first today and we will continue. This can only be done with the leadership you provide to us. Without your support, this would not have been possible,said CS Kagwe.