, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 19 – The Ministry of Health is encouraging private partnerships for Kenyatta National Hospital through the ‘Adopt a Ward’ campaign program as a way of mobilising resources to support healthcare services.
Cabinet Secretary James Macharia says the health sector is constrained in terms of budget allocation and through this initiative, assurance of continued social and economic development will be achieved.
“In terms of the percentage vis-a-vis the total budget, we have always been behind what we call the Abuja declaration. We have invested around 8 percent but the requirement is about 15 percent, with the devolved system now we are committed to ensuring that we increase our investment in health in particular cancer. It goes a long way in saving lives without investments in health the country will not prosper,” he said.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Cancer Paediatric Children’s Ward at Kenyatta National Hospital, he says one of the key investment areas would be on equipment for the hospital which serves seven countries both in Eastern and Central Africa.
“We are investing in terms of new equipment, we just went to tender to advertise for suppliers to come forward and supply equipment for cancer renal cardiovascular, a total of about half a billion dollars which we shall do through leasing. And in this tender we would like to see if possible we can get Israel companies be interested in participating in the process and any other private investors” he said.
Kenyatta National Hospital Chief Executive Officer, Lilly Koros is calling upon other investors to embrace the initiative of adopting a ward to help in the improvement of health facilities at the hospital.
“There are a number of many wards that require this kind of a touch and we so invite you to adopt any ward to help our patients even have a better environment while they are here as they receive medication,” she said.