NAIROBI, — The Kenyan government will allocate funds to establish ultra-modern eye and dental facilities in referral hospitals, which must be built within 12 months, says President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The government will set aside 300 million shillings (about 2.97 million US dollars) for each referral hospital, including Kenyatta National Hospital, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, and the Nyeri and Mombasa hospitals, he says.
The President was speaking at Tenwek Hospital in Bomet, about 220 kilometres west og here, Wednesday, after unveiling a 275-million-shilling ultra-modern Eye and Dental Centre set up with the assistance of donors. The new centre has a capacity to handle 20,000 patients and conduct 5,000 surgeries annually.
I have seen what less than 300 million shillings can do to uplift the lives of Kenyans. I want to see similar facilities at Kenyatta National Hospital, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, Nyeri and Mombasa,” said President Kenyatta.
He said he had learnt a great lesson from the Tenwek Hospital example which his government is ready to replicate elsewhere and warned warned that the days of wastage of resources is over, while putting Cabinet Secretary (Minister) for Health Sicily Kariuki and her team on notice. I have picked up several lessons here. You will not be able to blind me again,” he told top officials from the Health Ministry led by Kariuki.
He said he could not see any reason why the government, with its huge resources, could not achieve similar successes like Tenwek Hospital with its limited resources.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK