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AfDB to fund Sh2.2bn Italian-designed med school and hospital

The East African Kidney Institute will be built on a plot to be hived off the Kenyatta National Hospital playground. FILE PHOTO| NMG
The East African Kidney Institute will be built on a plot to be hived off the Kenyatta National Hospital playground. FILE PHOTO| NMG 

The African Development Bank (AfDB) will finance a five-storeyed regional medical school and hospital for kidney-related ailments in Nairobi at Sh2.2 billion.

The facility, designed by Italy’s Politecnica Ingegneria Architettura, will host a hospital and a university wing comprising 25 wards, laboratories, surgical theatres, high dependency units, consultation rooms and vehicle parking yards.

The East African Kidney Institute (EAKI) will be located on a plot to be hived off the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) playground currently used by six sporting teams. It will host lecture halls, multimedia and video conferencing rooms.

According to an environmental impact assessment study, the facility will train renal ailments specialists for the East African region. It will cut huge expenses, estimated at over Sh15 billion, incurred by East Africans seeking treatment abroad annually for Non-Communicable Diseases.

According to AfDB, the institute is part of the East Africa Community’s plan to avail centres of excellence and tertiary education in biomedical sciences in four countries.

AfDB is also funding development of the East Africa Biomedical Engineering Institute (EABEI) in Rwanda, East Africa Oncology Institute (EAOI) in Uganda, and East Africa Heart Institute (EAHI) in Tanzania.

On Wednesday, the National Environment Management Authority has given Kenyans 30 days to air their views on the proposed project.