Kenya is one of the developing countries in Africa. It is located in East Africa and borders Somalia to the northeastern part, Tanzania to the south, Ethiopia to the north, South Sudan to the northwest and Uganda to the west. The current president of Kenya is His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta. Kenya is not only one of East Africa’s second largest country but also a country with a fast-growing economy. It is one of the countries in East Africa with highest GDP value.
Kenya's economy is mainly supported by agriculture, mining, industry and service sectors. It is estimated that service sector contributes to about 10 percent of the economy of Kenya. The service sector include: medicine, tourism, education and banking. This article discusses about the health sector i.e medicine as a service in Kenya.
Across Kenya, there are about 5,000 health facilities including hospitals. Hospitals in Kenya have been categorized into different groups namely: sub-county hospitals, county hospitals and national hospitals. Sub-county hospitals are managed by local authorities, county hospitals are run and managed by county governments while in national hospitals administration and management works are performed by central government.
Every county in Kenya have at least one national hospitals equipped with competent workers and best medical facilities such as x-ray machines, autoclaves, Ct-scanners among others. National hospitals have a specialized unit called Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for handling patients under critical conditions.
Some of the best national hospitals in Kenya include: Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Uasin Gishu county, Mathare National Teaching and Referral Hospital in Nairobi city, Kenyatta University Teaching and Referral Hospital in Nairobi county, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital in Kisumu county and the Aga Khan University Hospital. Kenya is ranked as the top country in East Africa because it has more hospitals than other East African countries. The government of Kenya also allocates more funds to healthcare sector in comparison to other East African countries like Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.
Are Hospitals In Kenya Good For Everyone?
Just as there is an extremely large disparity in wealth between Kenya’s wealthy citizens and those who are not well-off, so too is there a wide disparity in healthcare. This means that in the major metropolitan areas, and large cities, where the country’s wealthy individuals dwell, there is access to excellent medical care.
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