Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH), Kenya’s oldest and largest public hospital has decided seek for funds from the private sector to enable them construct a US$ 182m public paediatric hospital. This project will ease the issue of congestion experienced in the children wing of the hospital.
Apparently,the hospital has just 200 beds in the children ward. The hospital construction project will include: a 600-bed children hospital, 300-bed private units and accommodation for staffs.
The paedriatric hospital will be developed as from the beginning of the next financial year through a public-private partnership (PPP) model. $139m will be used for the hospital project and the remaining US$ 43m will be used in the ICT department.
According to KNH Chief Executive, Lily Tare, “We have an increasing number of patients seeking specialized care at our facility, so we need to expand and develop our infrastructure to serve them better.”
Private firms are to be shortlisted to finance the hospital construction project. They will operate the facility for a certain period, of which 60% of the profits generated will be kept them. After a period of time, operations will be handed over to the government.
The proposed PPP model for the new hospital construction project is an answer to prayers as the hospital sector has in time past been faced with funding-related issues.