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Parliamentary health committee wants Sh4.7b KNH data project fast-tracked 

NAIROBI, Kenya Jul 6 – A parliamentary Committee has called for speedy completion of the multi-billion shillings data centre project at the Kenyatta National Hospital. 

The National Assembly Health Committee has expressed concerns why the Sh4.7 billion shillings project done by IT firm Seven Seas Technologies has stalled since it was launched in October last year.

During a visit at KNH, Committee Chair Sabina Chege (Murang’a Woman Rep) led lawmakers demanding the fast-tracking of the project without any further delay.

Chege said The Health Care Information Technology project covering 98 hospitals across the country was crucial in improving health services in the country and urged the Ministry of Health to take the matter seriously.

Seven Seas is yet to complete the project that sought to centralize data at KNH despite being awarded the tender to connect all medical facilities above Level 4 in September last year and was expected to have finalized in 90 days.

The project that aims to link all patients to a Citizen Master Patient Records Database through integration to the National ID will among other things improve the radiologist services offered in health facilities in the country.

According to a report seen by Capital News, the Ministry of Health has been blamed for the delay with the source attributing the stoppage due to lack of sufficient documents provided by the Ministry.

“The Ministry has taken a hands-off approach to the project and is yet to provide the critical documentation required for the contractor to secure the project financing offered to it,” reads part of the report.

The project is being implemented by the Government to complement the MES Healthcare Equipment Upgrade project undertaken in the periods 2014-2016 pursuant to which the Ministry of Health engaged original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to supply, install, test, maintain and replace radiology, renal, ICU, theatre and CSSD  to health facilities.

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The initial Healthcare Equipment Upgrade project is currently at the seven-year service and support phase running for the period 2016-2022.

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