Nairobi Star (Nairobi)
22 November 2011
Donors from the United States will finance the establishment of special units for treatment of Cancer and Heart diseases at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital at a cost of Sh400 million.
CEO of the hospital Dr John Kibosia said Duke University in the United States and several other donors have already agreed to initiate the construction of the two special projects which will elevate the hospital to a full referral institution.
The hospital has also received equipment worth more than Sh100 million from Indiana University to support maternal healthcare at the hospital and neighbouring health facilities.
“The new equipment we have just received will help us to boost community health care especially assistance to pregnant mothers”, said Dr Kibosia when he received the equipment which included three mobile wheelers which will be used to transport pregnant mothers in rural areas.
Present at the function was field director of the AMPATH Aids project Professor Joseph Mamling who said the new equipment also included electric beds for the ICU and theatres at the Moi Referral Hospital.
Kibosia said once the hospital begins to handle the heart diseases and completes the cancer unit it will now be in a position to handle all referral cases from Western Kenya without any of the cases being referred to the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi.
Dr Kibosia said the hospital was also working on a programme to help elevate the conditions at other public hospital in the North Rift region in a move to help communities easily access good health care and thus decongest the Moi Referral Hospital.
More than one month after he was appointed as acting CEO of the hospital, Dr Kibosia said he was satisfied with the government efforts to improve services at the facility which has been facing financial problems. He hospital has already received ksh 300 million from the government to help pay debts.