The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Moi Hospital Expansion to Begin Next Month

The Chinese government will next month start expansion work at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital at a cost of more than Sh17 billion.

A new inpatient wing will be put up at the hospital under the expansion plan to increase the bed capacity by 1,000.

The CEO of the hospital Dr John Kibosia confirmed that construction of projects lined up as part of the expansion will take off early next year.

"Currently we have a bed capacity of about 800 but it will now go up to more than 1,800 once the expansion is completed," he said.

Kibosia was speaking to the Star in Eldoret after the hospital hosted an end year party for its staff.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, who visited the Rift Valley region two weeks ago, said the government had finalised talks with the Chinese government to help in the expansion plan.

"We want the hospital to have better capacity to offer quality health services to the people in this region," said Uhuru at a rally in Eldoret.

Construction of the Heart and Cancer Centre at a cost of more than Sh1 billion is among the projects going on at the hospital.

Kibosia appreciated the government's support for the expansion of the hospital.

"Many of the projects we have earmarked in the expansion plan are going on well and we expect to undertake more soon," he said.

Kibosia said the hospital is also using internal resources to equip the hospital's theatres, laboratories and Intensive Care Units.

The hospital's laboratories are also being installed with modern machinery to enable it carry out tests within 60 seconds while the ICU will be expanded to handle 20 patients at any given time, up from the six it currently does.

"The master plan we have is to ensure that this hospital is a fully fledged referral hospital so that we stop referring patients to Kenyatta National Hospital," Kibosia said.

The hospital is also doing well in monthly revenue collections.

Kibosia said the increased collections will enable the hospital to pay for some of expansion costs.

He said part of the expansion programme will also entail putting up a Heart Unit and a center to handle drug abuse related cases.

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