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'Uhurucare': Govt spends KES 38 billion to upgrade county hospitals

06 February 2015, 18:57 William Korir

Nairobi - The government will spend up to as much as KES 38 billion to upgrade equipment at public hospitals in a move named by supporters as 'Uhurucare' in reference to US president Barrack Obama's 'Omabacare'.

President Uhuru Kenyatta Friday presided over the signing of agreements to implement the Managed Equipment Services project that will see every county in Kenya have two hospitals fully equipped with the state of the art facilities.

The project, which will be fully financed by the national government, will provide each of the selected hospitals with modern theatre equipment, surgical and sterilisation equipment, laboratory equipment, kidney dialysis equipment, ICU facilities, digital X-ray machines, ultrasound and imaging equipment.

The facilities will be provided under an arrangement where reputable and international manufacturers of medical equipment are contracted to install, maintain and replace machines at the hospitals.

" Today is an overdue milestone. Today, we inaugurate a programme through which people with cancer, diabetes or kidney failure will receive much needed relief, and begin to work towards regaining their full health with more confidence," he said.

The project will be rolled out over the next 10 years to finance this innovative plan that will ensure Kenyans lead healthy and productive lives.

" One of the areas where inequality manifests itself most starkly in our country is access to quality healthcare. This inequality, literally, is a matter of life and death." 

" It is our irrevocable commitment to deliver equal access to high quality treatment to all Kenyans wherever they live, and regardless of their economic status," the President said at State House, Nairobi.

The companies that have been contracted to install the machines are General Electric from the United States (radiology), Philips from Netherlands (ICU), Belico SRL from Italy (Renal dialysis equipment), Esteem Co. Ltd from India (Theatre Central Sterile Services Department) and Mindray Biomedical Co. Ltd of China (theatre equipment).

Besides providing citizens with uninterrupted and quality specialized health services regardless of their location in Kenya, the project will enable the health sector to experience long term savings due to integrated service provision strategy and economies of scale.

The project, which will be rolled out over a 12 month period, will transform health care provision in Kenya.

The project, when completed, will make Kenya have the best equipped hospitals in Sub Saharan Africa. Similar projects have been implemented in the UK, Spain and Netherlands.

President Kenyatta said after the completion of the project, the Government will weigh plans to install such modern machines in all hospitals in the country.

The President also urged Kenyans to be registered with NHIF, saying that many Kenyans are driven into poverty because they try to meet expenses for chronic illnesses from their pocket.

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