Nairobi’s Mbagathi Hospital is set for a major facelift after the Nairobi County government allocated Sh150 million.
According to the County, the face-lift will include construction of a new Intensive Care Unit, Outpatient Department, a new Inpatient Ward and a new laboratory.
County Health Executive Mohamed Dagane said the upgrade will also include renovation of the hospital’s old maternity wing which was temporarily shut down last year due to poor workmanship.
He said the upgrade aims at making the hospital a Level Five Hospital.
He added that the County Government is also planning to refurbish all the 102 health facilities across the county.
The new upgrade is expected the expand the hospital’s bed capacity to 120.
The Hospital has of late experienced an influx of patients both inpatient and outpatient for the last one year and Dagane attributed this to the improved health care service at the facility.
Dagane said City Hall will in the next few days start the recruitment of health workers in the County to improve service delivery in the health sector.
This is after formation of the new Nairobi City County Public Service Board.
“The recruitment of the health workers was put on hold due to lack of the County Public Service Board. But we are now set to start the recruitment that will comprise of doctors, nurses, clinical officers, laboratory technicians among others,” he said.
He added that the County Government will this financial year roll out a pilot project for the Universal Health Care in line with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four agenda.
The pilot project in conjunction with the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) will target 12,500 households in all the 85 Wards in Nairobi.
“We want to make universal health coverage a reality as enshrined in the Big Four Agenda. We will soon launch the pilot project that will cover at least 150 households in all the 85 Wards. This project will eventually be rolled out to accommodate more households from the informal settlement areas to ensure the less fortunate members of the society access medical cover,” Dagane said.