The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: More Than Sh2.58 Billion for Hospitals

The Mombasa government is set to partner with a Chinese firm to improve the health sector. Governor Hassan Joho has held talks with China Sinopharm International Corporation, which has proposed to refurbish and equip the existing health facilities in the county.

Through its local partner, Pharmken Ltd, the Chinese firm also plans to construct a new modern hospital that will focus on oncology, cardiology, orthopaedics and renal medicine. The Chinese firm said it will be working on a budget of between USD30-50 million (between Sh2.58-4.3 billion).The facility will also have a modern private wing that is aimed at offering all healthcare services at affordable rates.

Speaking at his office on Monday when he met the team from China Sinopharm International Corporation, Joho said health is his top priority."The county will have fully equipped and staffed hospitals in each of the 30 wards. We will focus on prevention of illnesses and promoting healthy living," said the governor. He said this could also boost the tourism sector since many tourists are keen on visiting countries where emergencies and complications are well handled.

At the same time, Jim Lui, the China Sinopharm International Corporation Kenya office manager said the company has completed major projects in Africa and is keen on working with the Mombasa county government. "The medical industry is very dynamic and there is need for the county to deliver modern, evidence-based healthcare to the county residents," said Lui.

The investors are targeting the Coast General Hospital as a pilot project since it is the biggest and is a referral hospital in the Coast region."They will be looking at the Coast General and see whether they can refurbish a whole section or pull down a section and construct a new one, depending on their feasibility studies which they will soon conduct," said Sophie Ismail, the director of protocol at the governor's office. Ismail said due to the land problem at the Coast, the Chinese firm is more likely construct the new modern facility on a land where there is an existing one.

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