Managed Equipment Service project on course


NAIROBI, Kenya, April 9 – The Managed Equipment Service project is well on course and has so far seen nine hospitals, fully equipped with specialized medical equipment.

A progress report by the Ministry of Health shows that 53 hospitals have received surgical sets for basic and specialized surgeries while 52 others have received radiology equipment. Theatre equipment in 28 hospitals has also been installed and is up and running.

The installation of renal equipment in 14 hospitals has been completed and two hospitals have received Intensive Care Unit equipment.

“The main benefit of the MES project is access to innovative medical technology and equipment to the hospitals,” read the report.

The nine hospitals that are fully equipped are: Machakos Level Five, Homa Bay Level Five Hospital, Kilifi Level Four Hospital, Rift Valley Provincial General Hospital in Nakuru, Gucha Level Four Hospital, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, Voi Level Five Hospital, Kiambu Level Four and Maragwa Level Four.

By the end of March this year, emergency services, maternal and child health services, basic and advanced surgery, renal (dialysis) services, critical care services and diagnostics and imaging at these hospitals had been upgraded.

Through the MES project each County will acquire different sets of medical equipment, as the two levels of government move to bring services closer home and lift the financial burden.

A County referral hospital and one Sub County hospital, which were selected by their respective County governments, will be upgraded to Level 5 and Level 4 respectively.

In addition, the Kenyatta National Hospital, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, National Spinal Injury Hospital and the Mathari Teaching and Referral Hospital will get equipment upgrades.