Kenya to elevate health services to the highest possible standards
By Evans Karangu
On Wednesday this week at the 18th ambassadors and high commissioners’ conference, the health Cabinet Secretary(CS) said Kenya will remain ready to collaborate with its international partners to improve health outcomes.
The collaboration will involve the upgrade of health services at the Kenyatta University,
Teaching, Referral & Research Hospital(KUTRRH) following a partnership with Vita Salute San Raffaele University and GKSD Healthcare Management and Consulting company.
The memorandum of understanding between the facility and the two institutions was signed on Wednesday in the presence of CS Mutahi Kagwe. The signatories to the MOU were KUTRRH Board chairperson Prof. Olive Mugenda,
Acting CEO Dr. Ruth Irumbi, Vita Salute San Raffaele University president Dr Paolo Rotelli and Dr. Francesco Galli, the Vice President of GKSD Healthcare Management.
The three institutions will develop close cooperation in the fields of Cardiothoracic, cardiovascular disease, Heart disease and heart surgery for adults and children, Arrhythmology and Electrophysiology and interventional cardiology.
Other areas of Medical & Surgical Specialties Cooperation will include Cancer Care, including all relevant disciplines e.g medical oncology, surgery, radiotherapy, immunology, general medicine and prevention, rehabilitation, nuclear medicine, genetics, haematology and Nuclear medicine.
The cooperation will also cover Education, Training and knowledge transfer.
Telemedicine and e-Services. Academic and Scientific International Exchange and Students Exchange.
The Parties also agreed to explore the possibilities for a partnership collaboration towards the setting up and development of one or more excellence centres in the country in the areas of Medical and Surgical Specialties.
The CS mentioned that Kenya is also interested in scholarships to up-skill health professionals for specialization. “We have a good relationship with the Christie Foundation and the University of Manchester in the UK” he said.
He also said that Kenya will not allow itself to be a dumping ground for retired technologies. “Kenya will no longer accept second-hand equipment. If someone is generous, let them not give us what is being replaced. There’s no generosity in giving what they will throw away anyway.”
Kenya is thanking the diplomatic community for their role in supporting her with the challenge posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Kenya has now developed its capacity to better deal with emergencies by putting in place elaborate infrastructure.
Kenya has also partnered with global allies in areas such as technology transfer, training and research in a move to enhance its capacity and reform the health sector.