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NMS to open first batch of new hospitals next week

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Nairobi Metropolitan Service director-general Abdalla Badi. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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Summary

  • Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) will next week commission the first four of 24 new hospitals that have been under construction since last year.
  • And in readiness for the opening, the Major General Mohammed Badi-led NMS has recruited 600 nurses. The new of the hospitals is expected to be done by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
  • The completed facilities – both Level 2 and 3 hospitals – include hospitals in Uthiru, Kiamaiko, Ushirika and Soweto-Kayole.

Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) will next week commission the first four of 24 new hospitals that have been under construction since last year.

And in readiness for the opening, the Major General Mohammed Badi-led NMS has recruited 600 nurses. The new of the hospitals is expected to be done by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The completed facilities – both Level 2 and 3 hospitals – include hospitals in Uthiru, Kiamaiko, Ushirika and Soweto-Kayole.

NMS Director of Health Services Dr Josephine Kibaru-Mbae said her department was making “final touches” on the four facilities.

“Contractors are installing equipment. They will be ready next week,” said Dr Mbae.

She added that NMS is targeting to complete five more health facilities in early February.

President Kenyatta on August 10, 2020 commissioned construction of the new facilities at the 16-bed capacity Muthua hospital in Uthiru.

And last year December, Mr Kenyatta said the Sh2 billion project aimed at increasing Nairobi’s bed capacity in the informal settlement by 280 beds will be ready by the start of February.

The project includes rehabilitation of five health facilities across the capital at a cost of Sh300 million as well as construction of 19 new hospitals at an average cost of Sh70 million each.

Dr Mbae said AMREF-Kenya had been contracted to build and equip all the 19 facilities while the other five are fully being done by NMS.

The other facilities are in Viwandani, Majengo, Mathare, Korogocho, Kawangware, Gitare, Mukuru kwa Njenga, Mukuru kwa Reuben, Kibera and Githurai 44.