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Modi, Uhuru sign deal to build East Africa’s top cancer hospital

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi, on July 11, 2015, where they held bilateral talks. PHOTO | PSCU
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi, on July 11, 2015, where they held bilateral talks. PHOTO | PSCU 

Kenya Monday signed a multi-billion shilling deal with India to build East Africa’s biggest cancer hospital beginning early next year in a move that places healthcare at the centre of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

President Uhuru Kenyatta agreed with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to fast track construction of the hospital whose establishment was first announced during Mr Kenyatta’s visit to Delhi last year.

Mr Kenyatta is hoping that establishment of the hospital will help save the Kenyan economy the billions of shillings that Kenyans spend every year flying out for cancer treatment in India.

Kenya’s Ministry of Health officials said the hospital will offer radiotherapy, chemotherapy, advanced surgery and bone marrow transplant services.

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