India to help boost Kenya healthcare

Indian companies will help set up specialist hospitals in Kenya to help save on costs incurred by Kenyans travelling abroad for treatment.

President Kenyatta and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed to work together in the transfer of skills to strengthen Kenya’s capacity to provide specialised health services, to lower the burden of seeking treatment abroad.

The two leaders spoke when they held bilateral talks Wednesday at Hyderabad House in New Delhi. The meeting was on the sidelines of the India-Africa summit being hosted by New Delhi.

President Kenyatta particularly welcomed India’s partnership in oncology and cardiology, saying the move would make the services more accessible to Kenyans.

He observed that as much as some Kenyans could afford the cost of medical care in India, the cost of accommodation and travel was still a big headache to most people.

“If Indian companies could develop similar facilities in Kenya, you would ease the pressure on Kenyans seeking treatment in India while at the same time expand your businesses,” said President Kenyatta.

PM Modi appreciated Kenya’s support to the development of India’s health sector, citing the large number of Kenyans who seek treatment in his country.

President Kenyatta is in New Delhi to attend the third India-Africa Forum Summit that opened on Thursday.