, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 9 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has welcomed an integrated health facility dubbed ‘Community Life Centre solution’ developed by Philips, a Dutch multinational corporation with a heavy presence in Kenya.
The facility – already piloted in Githurai – provides quality healthcare, water and solar powered lighting services that boost economic activities for local residents.
President Kenyatta said the Government will partner with Philips in implementation of the new healthcare concept, saying it will complement the Jubilee administration’s efforts to take health services closer to citizens.
“Ensuring Kenyans receive high quality health services within a walking distance is something very close to my heart. You can count on my total support,” President Kenyatta said.
He added: “This new concept will help remove pressure from our referral hospitals.”
The President was speaking during a meeting with Philips Chief Executive Officer Frans van Houten who paid him a courtesy call at State House, Nairobi. The President and Houten discussed the existing collaboration in the health sector between the Government and Philips.
Houten briefed President Kenyatta on the status of health projects being implemented by his company in the country. They also discussed light-emitting diode (LED) lighting technology which, Houten assured the President, significantly lowers the cost of energy.
The CEO commended President Kenyatta for spearheading the transformation of the health sector, saying Kenya is now leading in provision of health services in the region.
Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said Philips, through financing by the Dutch and the Kenya governments, has rehabilitated healthcare services in 23 hospitals across the country, including the installation of imaging, radiology and ICU equipment.
Houten was accompanied by Philips Healthcare Africa Vice President Peter van der Ven and the company’s East African General Manager Roelof Assies.
Foreign Affairs Cabinet Minister Amina Mohamed also attended the meeting.