Plans To Construct A 2,000 Bed Capacity Hospital In Kiplombe Underway

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The Kenyan government is set to construct a modern 2,000-bed Multi-Specialty Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in the Kiplombe area, Kenya's Rift Valley, as part of ongoing reforms aimed at enhancing access to quality and affordable healthcare in the country.

Speaking in Eldoret during a tour of the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, Health Cabinet Secretary Susan Nakhumicha said the facility designs are ready with the government seeking 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 six years in Performance Management System, the health CS said the government remains committed to supporting 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 CS Nakhumicha.

She said the Ministry of Health will assist with equipping and staffing 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," she added.

She said the two facilities will help decongest MTRH even as she urged Counties to prioritize quality healthcare delivery so that only some patients have to come to MTRH.

And to address some of the concerns raised by the Kenya medical practitioners, pharmacists and dentists Union, the health CS said the government will be posting 800 medical interns in the second week of this month.

She said the government, through the ministry of health, has initiated key governance reforms targeting, among others, NHIF and KEMSA as it seeks to bring down the cost of healthcare. The government has also amalgamated some schemes, including the Linda mama programme and the planned scale-up of the health insurance subsidy programme for the poor and most vulnerable to 5 million needy households over the next three years.

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