Kenya gets modern healthcare training Institute


US-based multinational company General Electric (GE) has unveiled a US$12.8 million modern healthcare training institute in Kenya that will train over 10,000 healthcare professionals over the next three years.
The hospital, which is the first of its kind in Africa to be built by General Electric, will bring on board biomedical engineers, radiologists and technicians and train them on better health practices. During the official opening ceremony of the inaugural centre, Ministry of Health Cabinet Secretary Dr Cleopa Mailu said that the Karen-based hospital will help in bridging the skill gap that is experienced in the country and the region at large..
He said that the seven year-innovative funding plan that it struck with General Electric enables the country to economically budget medical expenditure over a number of years. According to General Electric Healthcare CEO John Flannery, the modern healthcare training Institute will serve as benchmark for Africa before more and similar healthcare centres are set up in other regions of Africa.
“We hope to replicate this across Africa. All equipment are as good as the people who handle them and that is why there is need for training,” said Flannery. The centre comes following the signing of a Sh42 billion partnership between Kenya GE in February to equip 98 hospitals with radiology equipment. So far, 70 hospitals in 42 counties have been equipped with modernized radiology departments. According to Dr Mailu, the remaining hospitals will be equipped in the next few months.
Additionally, five more hospitals have been set up with digital mammograms so as to offer breast cancer screening services, which is a leading killer among women in Kenya. Yesterday, General Electric committed to three more partnerships with the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) and global partners IntraHealth and Management Sciences for Health to promote and enhance management of human capital in the health sector


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