The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Moi Referral Hospital to Be Moved

DEPUTY PRESIDENT William Ruto has said the government will relocate the second largest referral hospital to the outskirts of Eldoret town at a cost of Sh20 billion.

Ruto said the government has already acquired a 200 acre piece of land next to Eldoret prisons for the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital to be relocated.

"We are currently seeking for funds between sh 15 and Sh20 billion which we believe will be enough for the exercise." said Ruto. He said the current referral hospital has no room for expansion.

Speaking at Flax village in Uasin Gishu county on Friday, Ruto said the current premises of the hospital will be handed over to the county government.

He urged Governor Jackson Mandago to move with speed to unveil a strategic plan of the town, which will bring sanity and attract investors.

"It is upon the county government to identify places where industries and various infrastructure can be set up," Ruto said. He said the Eldoret CBD is "currently suffocating under unprecedented traffic". Ruto said plans to construct two bypasses to ease congestion are underway.

MTRH began operations in 1917 as a cottage hospital with a bed capacity of 60 to cater for the health needs of Africans. It was then known as Eldoret District Hospital.

It was elevated to a teaching and referral institution through a legal notice on June 12, 1998 and its first Board of Management was gazetted on June 29, 1999.

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