The government has finally taken the initiative to close Kenyatta National Hospital for at least six months to be renovated. The practice aims to upgrade the the poor conditions in the hospital. This will then attract Kenyans who for years have gone to more costly private hospitals.
Several Kenyans for long have been suffering in the most costly hospitals as their bills always accrue to levels that they cannot afford. The bodies are also not always released until the bills are settled.
For the 6 months of renovation, Kenyans are hoped to suffer because KNH is the Kenya's and the region's largest public hospital. However, a sigh of relief was there since the public facilities built and upgraded by the Nairobi Metropolitan Services will cater for other patients during the closure period.
This hospital was built in 1901 and houses the University of Nairobi's Medical School and other facilities and agencies within the same building.
"Public hospitals must be good in the people we deploy and the continuous training in non clinical issues such as reception and customer care that people will opt to go to public hospitals rather than private ones," Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said during the closure of the facility.
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