KUTRRH enters into a deal with Vita Salute San Raffaele University and GKSD

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Health services at the Kenyatta University, Teaching, Referral & Research Hospital (KUTRRH) are set for an upgrade following a partnership with Vita-Salute San Raffaele University and GKSD Healthcare Management and Consulting company.

The memorandum of understanding between the facility and the two institutions, which was signed on Wednesday in the presence of Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, will involve co-operation in health care, research, human resource development and exchange.

Speaking during the ceremony, the health CS said such partnerships will help enhance ongoing efforts by the government to reform the health sector and related outcomes.

"Such partnerships are necessary as they help improve standards. As a government, we are committed to elevating health services to the highest possible standards," said the CS.

In the latest agreement, the three institutions will develop close co-operation in Cardio-thoracic, cardiovascular disease, Heart disease and heart surgery for adults and children, Arrhythmology and Electrophysiology and interventional cardiology.

Other areas of Medical and Surgical Specialties Cooperation include Cancer Care, including all relevant disciplines such as medical oncology, surgery, radiotherapy, immunology, general medicine and prevention, rehabilitation, nuclear medicine, genetics, haematology, Nuclear medicine and Renal Care.

The co-operation also covers Education, Training and knowledge transfer, Telemedicine and e-Services, Academic and Scientific International Exchange, and Students Exchange.

The Parties also agreed to explore the possibilities for a partnership collaboration towards the setting up and development of one or more Excellence centres in the country in the areas of Medical and Surgical Specialties Cooperation with the parties required to define the targeted facility and clinical or surgical speciality and detailed development plans in specialized agreements.

Any other areas of interest agreed upon by the Parties could be added in future to promote and strengthen the collaboration.

The signatories to the MOU are KUTRRH Board chairperson Prof. Olive Mugenda, Acting CEO Dr. Ruth Irumbi, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University president Dr Paolo Rotelli and Dr. Francesco Galli, the Vice President of GKSD Healthcare Management.

KUTRRH also benefitted from an agreement on health co-operation signed between the Kenyan and UK governments which was signed last year.

The health co-operation has expanded to cover cancer with a partnership between Kenyatta University Teaching, Research and Referral Hospital, Kisii University and United Kingdom Institutions of Christie Foundation and the University of Manchester to upskill cancer treatment specialists.

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