NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 27 – The National Hospital Insurance Fund has committed to cover the full cost of Positron Emission Tomography-Computed Tomography services at the Aga Khan University Hospital
The Aga Khan University Hospital announced that it has invested more than Sh600 million to become the first hospital in the region to introduce the medical technology that will improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, heart disease and other diseases.
The PET-CT scanner will also be used in the diagnosis and management of neurological conditions such as dementia and epilepsy.
The service will be offered as an outpatient procedure unless the patient is already admitted to the hospital
“The launch of PET-CT scanner services could hardly be more timely,” said Shawn Bolouki, Chief Executive Officer of the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi.
“Cancer, heart disease and other non-communicable diseases now account for nearly three in 10 deaths in Kenya, according to the World Health Organization. The PET-CT scanner is a life-saving tool in the fight against these deadly diseases.”
Firoz Rasul, President of the Aga Khan University, said the addition of PET-CT services is part of the University’s commitment to expanding access to high-quality health care by introducing new technologies, educating skilled health professionals and conducting innovative research.
“Our vision emphasises excellence, because the quality of care determines whether a patient is correctly diagnosed and treated, or continues to suffer,” President Rasul said. “And it emphasises broad access because every life is valuable, and a healthy population is more productive, resilient and happy.”