President Uhuru Kenyatta together with Retired President Daniel Moi were expected today to officiate the commencement of the building of Ksh45 Billion Kabarak University Teaching, Research & Referral Mission Hospital.
Retired President Daniel Moi has urged Kenyans to embrace peace and ensure campaigns ahead of the August 8 polls are not violent. In a speech read by his son Gideon Moi (Baringo Senator) on Wednesday, Moi asked citizens to continue praying for the country. “I thank the government led by President Uhuru Kenyatta for uniting Kenyans,” he said. Moi said once complete, the facility will provide training, services and employment opportunities to many people. “My desire was to provide a quality and affordable services to Kenyans and the neighboring countries,” he said. “Fundraising for the sick to go to India and South Africa will be a thing of the past when it becomes operational in 2020.”
The President, in a speech read by Health PS Cleophas Mailu, said the government will support the venture. “I thank the Retired President for this noble project. We will ensure it becomes a success,” Uhuru said. He noted investments in the health sector in the 47 counties have been by the government and private entities. The project on its completion will act as a training centre of excellence in East Africa region and beyond.”
According to Dr. Henry Kiplagat, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, in-charge of Administration and Finance, this will make Kabarak university the 1st private university in the country to develop a 500 bed Teaching, Research & Referral Mission Hospital in Kenya. “It has taken years of planning under the stewardship of the chancellor and founder of Kabarak University (Former President Daniel Moi) to conceive this project, which will transform the health sector in the country,” said Kiplagat.
The University has partnered with International Organizations to develop the 500 bed capacity, state of the art, multi-disciplinary tertiary hospital to be located in Kabarak University, Nakuru County.
In addition, the project scope will comprise of a 250 bed capacity Kabarak University Hospital in Nairobi and modernization of 23 mission of hospitals across the country under Christian Health Association of Kenya (CHAK). The medical campus is expected to commence operations in 2020.
Kabarak University has picked the US Giant Conglomerate General Electrical (GE) Healthcare to be the technology provider for the project. GE healthcare will assist the university with infrastructure development, technology transfer, education and capacity building to support a better health system and patient outcomes. The project will be financed by US based Private Equity Sygec international among other stakeholders.
Last year, the university launched a School of Medicine and Health Services that teaches family medicine, pharmacy, clinical medicine and nursing. Prior to the launch of the school of medicine, the institution entered into a partnership with mission hospitals affiliated to CHAK. This enabled it to roll out postgraduate training in family medicine for doctors in collaboration with PCEA Chogoria Hospital, AIC Kijabe and Tenwek Mission Hospital.