Dialysis, ICU, Ultrasound equipment to be distributed across country by end of year


NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 31 – Travelling long distances so as to access specialized medical care, will soon be something of the past after the government pledged to distribute 289 dialysis machines, 130 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds and 100 ultrasound machines across the country by the end of the year.

Each year 10,000 Kenyans require dialysis services which are sometimes beyond their reach, however the cost of medical services has also been reduced with the expansion of the National Hospital Insurance Fund kitty.

Through his State of the Nation address in Parliament on Thursday afternoon, President Uhuru Kenyatta noted the difficulties that Kenyans had to endure in order to access the crucial services adding that the government was committed to making these machines available.

“Japheth Muoki had to live in Kibera in order to access treatment at the Kenyatta National Hospital but he no longer has to do that because he is now receiving treatment at a hospital in Machakos County, which is closer home,” observed the President.

He revealed that in 2013, the country only had 44 dialysis machines and 58 ICU beds which were largely available at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) and the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret.

“By working together with Governors, we shall reach out to all Counties and give affordable prices to Kenyans,” pledged the President.

The Head of State also said that Homabay Level Five Hospital, Rift Valley Provincial General Hospital in Nakuru, Gucha Level Four Hospital, Machakos Level Five and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital had all received equipment upgrades.

He assured Kenyans that the expansive medical infrastructure programme was part of the Government’s plan to meet its pledge.

“The provision of proper health care remains a core priority for us,” he concluded.

President Kenyatta added that efforts to increase health workers in the country in order to meet the growing demand were also on course.

“Our effort to modernise the health sector has seen enrollment at the Kenya Medical Training College increase from 19,000 to 25,000,” he observed.