President Uhuru Kenyatta has assured mission hospitals that they will receive all the support they require from the Government.
Affirming the Jubilee Government’s commitment to providing quality healthcare services to Kenyans, the President said all stakeholders in the health sector must cooperate to ensure that goal is achieved.
“This must be a collaborative effort. The national Government will play its part but so too must the county governments at their level,” the President said.
He added: “We cannot say the Government will only support public health facilities while we know quite well that without the mission hospitals, the country would not have achieved the strides we have made in the health sector.”
President Kenyatta spoke today when he presided over the AIC Kijabe Hospital’s centennial celebrations in Kijabe, Kiambu County.
He commended the hospital – which has served the country for over a century – for maintaining high standards of care and of ethics.
“Since its founding, under the auspices of the Africa Inland Mission, the hospital has lived up to the mandate given to the disciples of Christ: to heal the sick, and to take care of the least of our brothers and sisters,” he said.
The President also praised the hospital’s prudent management of resources, saying it should be emulated by other institutions.
During the occasion, President Kenyatta also opened the hospital’s Bethany Kids unit, a new wing that has added 70 beds to cater for children.
National Assembly Majority leader Adan Duale urged governors to support the national Government’s provision of high-tech medical equipment to two major hospitals in every county to ensure all Kenyans requiring specialized treatment have access to it.
Kiambu Governor William Kabogo expressed the need for county governments to join the President in the new move to make Kenya a universal healthcare-conscious state by supporting what he called “Uhurucare NHIF programme”.
“I am hoping that Kiambu will be one of those counties that will move faster towards that direction,” Governor Kabogo said.
Lari Member of Parliament Mburu Kahangara thanked the Government for facilitating development in his constituency.
“The Jubilee Government’s services are being felt at the grassroots,” the legislator said.
Other speakers included AIC Presiding Bishop Rev. Silas Yego, Bethany Relief Rehabilitation International (BRRI) Executive Director Gary Dowd and the AIC Kijabe Hospital’s Executive Director Mary Muchendu.