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KNH breaks ground for KES 317M surgical daycare centre

18 December 2015, 08:11 George Tuwei

Nairobi - The groundbreaking ceremony for the Kenyatta National Hospital surgical daycare center was held Thursday at the Kenyatta national hospital grounds next to the Accidents and Emergency unit.

The KNH Surgical Daycare Center will be known as the “ZarinaMerali Surgical Day Care Centre” in honor of Mrs Zarina Merali, the wife of Mr Naushad Merali who has committed to be the principal co-sponsor of the project.

Approximately KES 200 million will be needed for the construction of the KNH daycare center, and an additional KES 117 million for equipping it with modern equipment and facilities, bringing the total cost of establishing the center to KES 317 million.

The Zarina and Naushad Merali foundation had already contributed KES 100 million towards the construction of the center, which was released seven years ago but was delayed due to government bureaucracy and bottlenecks.

Because of the increased present costs of construction and the fluctuations of the Kenyan shilling, the Government of Kenya through the hospital has promised to cover the rest.

The Hospital is calling on partners to come on board and help with the remaining KES 200 million for equipping the center.

Philanthropist Naushad Merali who is also the chairman of the Sameer group heaped praises to his wife Zarina when he spoke during the ceremony which was well attended by government officials, Philanthropist Manu Chandaria, Kenya Red Cross Secretary General Dr. Abbas Gullet, KNH board and the Media.

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“I am so lucky to have my wife who has been very supportive and even came up with this idea of building this center; she has a big heart, and unlike other women who sometimes are tight-fisted and love diamonds, she is different.”

The Surgical Day Care Centre will be able to cater for out-patient surgeries or same-day-surgeries. These are surgeries that do not require hospitalization before and after operation.

The ZarinaMerali Surgical Day Care Centre will among other benefits help reduce the cost of surgery as patients will not be charged fee for admission, help de-congest the hospital by offloading the number of patients waiting for surgeries, facilitate patients' immediate re-union with family after surgery thus enhancing clinical outcomes in the process, increase the number of surgeries done at the hospital by up to 25% and engage family members in patients' nursing and psychological support.

The center will also allow Kenyatta National Hospital to function more effectively by allowing more patients who are critically ill to access specialized care quickly and immediately therefore making the tales of patients dying in the queue a thing of the past.

The Zarina and Naushad Merali foundation have also launched or are running several other charitable projects all over the country and is the chief sponsor of the modern Athletics stadium to be set up in Nandi. Mrs Zarina Merali helped with the construction of the intensive care unit of the Lion’s eye hospital. She is also on the advisory board of the National Injury Hospital.

Mr Naushad Merali later mounted on a caterpillar and broke the ground to officially signal the start of the construction of the surgical daycare center which is expected to be completed next year.

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