7 December 2012

Kenya: Moi Teaching and Referral Sh400 Million Cancer Centre Ready

Middle age patient with Ebola like symptoms being transferred to isolated wing of the hospital at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital Eldoret August 2 Photo/Kennedy Lesiew.

A Sh400 million cancer and chronic disease management complex is set to be unveiled at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret next week. The ground-breaking ceremony will be conducted by Minister for Medical Services Anyang' Nyong'o.

Once operational, the Cancer-Chronic Disease Centre will make the hospital the second in the country to have a public oncology and radiotherapy unit.

This complex that is expected to help cater for rising cases of cancer is being funded by Indiana University in the United States.

Nyong'o will also be commissioning a Sh80 million oxygen and gas piping project aimed at ensuring the hospital has uninterrupted supply of oxygen and other medical gases.

Speaking to the STAR at his office yesterday, hospital Director John Kibosia said the project will be completed within 12 months.

He said the hospital is currently running several projects simultaneously aimed at improving the hospital's service delivery.

"We are undertaking construction of a modern mental health ward, a new outpatient wing at the Private Wing II and a rehabilitation centre," he said.

According to the hospital's communication department, plans are also underway to upgrade the Cardiac ICU to 6 beds, expand the hospital's ICU from its current six bed capacity to 20 and also redesign the accident and emergency unit to make it more user friendly for patients. Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital is the second largest referral hospital in the country.

It is located in Eldoret town and apart from catering to residents from surrounding regions, patients come from as far as Eastern Uganda, Rwanda, DRC and Southern Sudan.

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