The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Kibaki Asks for Help in Health Sector

Doctor Jim Ragsdale explain the use of CT scan Machine at the Kijabe mission hospital yesterday Photo/Stanley Njenga

President Kibaki has asked health players to help the government meet the 15 per cent of GDP allocated to the health sector.

Kibaki said the health players are crucial in realising the Kenya Vision 2030 to transform the country into a middle income economy with a high quality life for it's citizens.

In a speech read on his behalf by Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta during the official opening of a palliative care unit and family health clinic at the AIC Kijabe Mission Hospital, the President said infant mortality rate has declined from 77 per 1000 children to 52 per 1000 children between 2003 and 2009.

The death rate for children under five years has declined from 115 per 1000 children to 74 per 1000 over the same period, the President said.

"The proportion of children receiving full immunisation has increased from 57 per cent in 2003 to almost 80 per cent currently. The family health project being launched in the Kijabe hospital will contribute improve on this," the President said.

Speaking during the same function, the AIC Kijabe Mission Hospital CEO Mary Muchendu said the facility increase its capacity to admit patients.

"In preparation for the devolved government system, the hospital needs to be upgraded to a referral hospital. We require more facilities and systems to enable us to deliver efficient services to the increasing number of patients admitted,"said Muchendu.

Uhuru was accompanied by Medical Services assistant minister Kazungu Kambi, PS of medical services Mary Ngari, MPs Njoroge Baiya ( Githunguri), David Njuguna ( Lari) and William Kabogo ( Juja) and aspiring leaders from Kiambu. Uhuru led the groundbreaking ceremony for the Sh173 million Bethany Kids Paediatric Ward.

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