KENYA – The government of Kenya is set to expand the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital area as part of ongoing reforms aimed at enhancing access to quality and affordable healthcare in the country.
Health Cabinet Secretary Susan Nakhumicha said the designs of the modern 2,000 bed Multi-Specialty facility in Kiplombe are ready with the government seeking for a proper financing mechanism to kick off the project following the pronouncement made by President William Ruto.
While lauding the hospital management for exemplary performance that has seen the facility named the best semi-autonomous government agency at the health ministry for the last 6 years in Performance Management System, the health CS said the government remains committed to support the hospital realize its mission.
“The Ministry of Health will address the budgetary needs raised by MTRH Management to ensure MTRH meets all her Staffing, Training, Equipment and other needs. This will place MTRH at a sound pedestal in her contribution to achievement of Universal Health Coverage(UHC) for the Kenyan people,” said the health CS.
She said the Ministry of Health will assist with equipping and staffing of two hospitals whose construction is expected to be completed in the next one and a half years.
“Two partners, namely Shoe4Africa Foundation, New York, USA and Sidekick Foundation, Indiana, USA have been granted VAT exemption status by Government of Kenya to construct the multi-million 162-bed Shoe4Africa Julie Anne Perry Children’s Hospital and 64-bed Harry J. Dyer Children Burns Hospital in the new year,” noted Nakhumicha.
The two facilities will help decongest MTRH even as she urged Counties to prioritize quality healthcare delivery so that not every patient has to come all the way to MTRH.
Meanwhile, the health CS has pledged to partner with the County government of Uasin Gishu to help deliver on its health agenda.
Speaking when she paid a courtesy call on Uasin Gishu Governor H.E Jonathan Bii, the health CS said the national government remains ready to support county governments improve access to affordable and quality healthcare.
The CS and her host discussed a wide range of health issues including areas of collaboration between the national government and the county administration, among them support for health facilities under the county government, in an effort to enhance health services for area residents as well as help ease the burden on Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital.
While lauding the CS for her commitment, Governor Bii said his administration remains ready to work with the national government to help deliver on its pre-election pledges.