The Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) is prepared to open 12 new hospitals within a fortnight as it steps up access to moderate medical care in casual settlements in Nairobi.
The 12 health facilities are part of 24 hospitals being set up by the Major General Mohamed Badi-led administration in the lower-income residential areas.
Badi said the medical clinics have been completely equipped and prepared for opening just by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
"An aggregate of 12 of the new hospitals are ready for commissioning. We are hopeful in the following fourteen days His Excellency the President will give us direction on opening them," said Mr. Badi.
The DG was talking when he showed up before the Senate Health Committee to answer inquiries dependent on the use of Covid-19 finances yesterday.
already, four of these clinics specifically Uthiru-Muthua Level 3 Hospital, Kiamaiko, Kayole-Soweto, and Ushirika in Dandora, which are for the most part Level 2 offices (dispensaries) are operational.
President Kenyatta additionally opened the dispensary at Green Park Terminus, which is likewise operational ahead of the completion of the bus stage.
Two more, Gatina emergency clinic in Kawangware and Gichagi in Kangemi, are likewise in operation in spite of the fact that they have not been commissioned.
The NMS director further indicated that the remaining eight hospitals are additionally at a high-level phase of development and will be complete by the first seven days of July.
The new hospitals are pointed toward decreasing walk in in patients' weight on Kenyatta National Hospital, Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital, Pumwani and Mbagathi Hospitals.
With respect to this, Maj-Gen Badi clarified that each of the 24 hospitals were to be operational by the end month of this current month yet certain difficulties experienced by NMS, like the obtaining of land in the casual settlements, has hauled the process however he is hopeful that all will be complete by July.
"We settled the issues of land and we are presently on course to have every one of the emergency clinics finished by July," he said.
NMS got Sh2 billion for the development of the new hospitals in different casual settlements across Nairobi including Viwandani, Majengo, Mathare, Kayole, Soweto, Korogocho, Kawangware, Mukuru Kwa Njenga, Mukuru Kwa Reuben, Kibera and Githurai 44.
The undertaking included building 19 hospitals from scratch, where 10 were to be Level 2 facilities and the rest Level 3, while five more were to be restored at an expense of Sh300 million.
At the same time, NMS supervisor likewise uncovered that through savings, NMS has built three additional hospitals notwithstanding the 24.
"We were given cash for the 24 hospitals yet because of our reserve funds on different divisions we requested that depository move the cash to the health section and we were given authority," Badi added.
As of now, NMS has utilized 2,000 health care workers among them 44 specialists, 679 nurses, 130 doctors to ensure that human resource isn't the hindrance to effective service delivery in all of the 24 hospitals and other facilities.
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