The Star (Kenya)
Uhuru opens KU referral hospital
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).