The Star (Kenya)

Uhuru opens KU re­fer­ral hospi­tal

- JOHN MUCHANGI/ Medicine · Incidents · University of Kansas · Uhuru Kenyatta · Chilean Ministry of Health · Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination · Kenya · Kenyatta University · Moi University · Othaya

Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta on thurs­day of­fi­cially opened the Sh8 bil­lion Keny­atta Univer­sity Teach­ing, Re­fer­ral and Re­search Hospi­tal af­ter ten months of op­er­a­tion.

e hospi­tal opened doors to pa­tients late Oc­to­ber last year mainly in the on­col­ogy, re­nal and can­cer units. At least 60,000 pa­tients have since been treated there and the fa­cil­ity will now fully open in the com­ing months.

Pres­i­dent Keny­atta said the fa­cil­ity, af­fil­i­ated to Keny­atta Univer­sity but con­tro­ver­sially made a Min­istry of Health paras­tatal last year, is now Kenya’s sixth level six hospi­tal.

“is is our na­tion’s sixth level six pub­lic hospi­tal. As an af­fir­ma­tion to its place since it opened its doors, over 60,000 pa­tients have re­ceived ser­vices,” he said.

Uhuru toured the fa­cil­ity and laid a foun­da­tion stone for the pro­posed In­te­grated Molec­u­lar Imag­ing Cen­tre.

He said the hospi­tal’s cur­rent ca­pac­ity is 650 beds, 176 of them in the on­col­ogy unit. “is will re­duce costs to our peo­ple and in­crease re­cov­ery rate to our pa­tients. e host has im­ple­mented a strat­egy to lever­age on part­ner­ships,” he said.

e other level six re­fer­ral fa­cil­i­ties in Kenya are the Keny­atta Na­tional Hospi­tal (1,800 bed-ca­pac­ity), Moi Teach­ing and Re­fer­ral Hospi­tal (991 beds), Mathari Hospi­tal (700 beds), Othaya Na­tional Hospi­tal (350 beds), and the Na­tional Spinal In­jury Re­fer­ral Hospi­tal (35 beds).

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