A state of the art neurological and trauma centre will be established in Nakuru to cater for victims of road accidents. Mediheal group of hospitals CEO Dr Swarup Mishra said plans for the centre, which will include an MRI machine worth Sh150 million, are almost complete.
Speaking in Nakuru during an end of year ceremony for the hospital, Mishra said there is need for a fully equipped trauma centre in Rift Valley.
He said victims of road accidents in the region are transferred to Nairobi. "Nakuru is at the heart of the country and connects most regions. It is only fitting that a trauma centre is set up at such a central location," he said.
The centre will be part of Mediheal's expansion plan in 2013. The group plans to open branches in Kisumu, Nairobi and Kigali, Rwanda.
Mishra said Kenya is set to be a hub of medical tourism in East Africa due to the huge investment in hospitals. He said the level of medical research in the country is encouraging.
"Kenya, and Nairobi in particular, has a good connection to Africa and to the rest of the world in terms of infrastructure, which is why we see patients from across the region choosing Nairobi for healthcare," he said.
He called on stakeholders in the healthcare industry to support initiatives by the government to ease access to better healthcare by all Kenyans.
He urged those blocking the proposed new National Hospital Insurance Fund plan to give it a chance as it stood to benefit Kenyans previously marginalized by the current plan.
Also in attendance of the ceremony was roads assistant minister Lee Kinyanjui who called on Kenyans to observe peace and cohesion in the run up to the March 4 general elections. He said the reforms so far gained must be consolidated.