Kenya has commenced with construction of the US $30m new centre at Kenyatta National Hospital which is set to accommodate the recent increase in patients at the hospital.
Dr Thomas Mutie, acting CEO of The Kenyatta National Hospital said the centre will be designed as a three-storey twin-tower building. The centre will feature a burns unit, children’s wing, cancer hostel, and an intensive care unit (ICU).The burns unit and paediatrics wing will both be constructed with an 82-bed capacity, whilst the ICU will have a capacity for 24 beds.
Dr Thomas Mutie however noted that the hospital will still need to add a further 10 beds in the ICU soon so as to meet the international standard for a hospital of its magnitude. “The current 31 ICU beds are not enough and when we add the 21 we will still need to add a further 10 to meet the international standard for a hospital of this size,” said Dr. Mutie.
Funding of the mega project will majorly be from Kenya’s government, the Arab Bank for Development in Africa (BADEA), and the Saudi Fund for Development. US $2m will be provided by the American Cancer Society and local donors, and will be used for the cancer hostel.
“Cancer patients require six cycles of treatment which can be completed in 10 days and that is why the hostel is important,” Mutie continued.