First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has underscored the need for increased partnership between the public and private sectors in the provision of quality and affordable healthcare.
Speaking today when she officially opened a paediatric wing at Kenyatta National Hospital adopted and rehabilitated by Magnate Ventures Limited, a Nairobi-based advertising firm, the First Lady said the increased demand for healthcare services required concerted efforts from all stakeholders.
"Quality and affordable healthcare is a critical pillar of our country's development goals, and this greatly depends on collaboration and joint efforts from both the public and private sector," the First Lady said.
She commended Kenyatta National Hospital for coming up with an innovative initiative where the private sector players are given a chance to adopt a ward.
The First Lady, who had earlier visited and comforted children undergoing cancer treatment at the hospital, expressed confidence that the 'adopt a ward' initiative embraced by Kenyatta National Hospital will help address some of the challenges associated with an increased patient population.
"I was extremely touched when I visited the children in the new ward. I was impressed by the extensive services and care offered by dedicated and skilled hospital staff," the First Lady said.
She added: "These children are the future, and the love, hope and care we provide for their health and well-being is a good solid grounding for them as they grow... ."
The First Lady also applauded the Government's commitment to ensuring that the demands of an ever-increasing paediatric population in the country is met.
She encouraged other private sector institutions to partner with Kenyatta National Hospital and the Ministry of Health in supporting the Government's efforts towards ensuring Kenyans have access to good healthcare.
Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki appreciated the First Lady's dedication to the health of Kenyans, particular that of women and children.
"The health of children is central to the wellbeing of future generations. The renovation of 3C paediatric ward at Kenyatta National Hospital has contributed to an improved experience by our young patients as they receive their medical care," Mrs Kariuki said.
The Cabinet Secretary reiterated the Government's commitment to attaining a functional health system, which is premised on collaboration with all stakeholders as the country edges towards achieving Universal Health Coverage, a key pillar and the President's Big 4 Agenda.
Also speaking at the event, Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko said the county governor has allocated funds to build trauma centres at Mama Lucy Kibaki, Pumwani Hospital, Mbagathi County Hospital and Mutuini Hospital to ease pressure on Kenyatta National Hospital and enable it to effectively carry out its mandate as a referral hospital.
Other Speakers included KNH Chairman David Kimaiyo, Magnate Ventures CEO Stanley Kinyanjui and KNH Ag. CEO Thomas Mutie.