Nairobi, KENYA: Kenya’s health care sector received a major boost, this is after an International technology company General Electric GE, invested sh.1.3 B in a Healthcare Skills and Training Institute in the country.
10,000 healthcare professionals from Kenya and East Africa are expected to benefit from training at the centre by the year 2020.
The Training Institute will initially offer clinical applications and technical courses and in the long term will be expanded to offer leadership, biomedical and clinical educational courses liaising with the Ministry of Health and the private healthcare providers.
During the inauguration on Wednesday, Cabinet Secretary for Health Dr. Cleopa Mailu welcomed the move adding that use of the technology learnt from the institution would help in proper diagnosis of diseases and bring down cost of treatment.
“Training more people and exposing them to technology would help to improve maternal health. This flagship will address disparity in the health centres as practitioners at grass roots level would also be trained,” he said.
Farid Fezoua CEO and President GE Healthcare Africa said that this commitment would help reduce the country’s skill gap, improve job prospects and build a solid national healthcare system.
“We intend to work with biomedical engineers, radiologists and technicians,” Fezoua advised.
Dr. Mailu said that this innovative model of financing would allow a sustainable healthcare in the country as he called for more multi sectorial alliances to complement government projects.
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“This initiative supports the Ministry of Health Human Resources Strategy 2014-2018 that underscores the importance of building strong partners. In line with Vision 2030 capacity building of the health workforce is imperative in sustain our modernization plan,” he concluded.