NAIROBI, 31st May 2017 – The AIC Kijabe Hospital officially launched services in Nairobi County. The Nairobi clinic, which is the institution’s 3rd satellite clinic, coincides with its 102nd anniversary and signals the hospital’s first foray into the capital city where it seeks to establish a foothold.
Speaking during the opening ceremony, which was held at the Azure Towers in Nairobi’s Westlands area, Dr. John Kennedy Muma, the hospital’s Acting Executive Director said that the opening of the clinic within the county is in line with the hospital’s competitive strategy. “We believe that our competitive strategy is exhibited through our Christian faith which drives us to offer quality and honest healthcare services for all,” said Dr. Muma.
He went on state that through their entry into the city, the hospital seeks to make an impact on the overall quality of healthcare service provision in the country. “The hospital is making a contribution to bridge the healthcare service provision gap through offering excellent medical training as well, and as a result, the Nairobi Medical Centre will be staffed by our workforce from the main hospital. This is possible because we have grown our legacy through continuously training professionals,” he added.
Dr. Jacqueline Kitulu, the Chairperson of the Kenya Medical Association also commended the institution for the achievement of this milestone. “This move into the city centre is also a relief for patients as they will no longer have to travel long distances to seek trusted healthcare services,” she said. “We want to build the capacity of our local doctors and avoid sending patients to far flung countries such as India and the United States of America for treatment,” she added.
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Anne Wamae, a representative from the Ministry of Health, was very effusive in her praise of the hospital. “AIC Kijabe hospital was the first in Kenya to train nurses in the administration of anaesthesia, and it is still one of the few hospitals in Kenya where orthopaedic surgeons are trained. The government therefore views this expansion as very noteworthy and very timely at a time when we are steadily building capacity in the local health sector,” said Wamae. She went on to add that the move will also contribute to economic development through medical tourism, as espoused in Kenya’s development roadmap, Vision 2030.
Also speaking during the launch, the AIC Kijabe Hospital board’s vice-chair Dr. Ben Waitara voiced his pleasure towards the expansion. “I’m happy to see the enthusiasm and dedication that the hospital has to evangelize through healthcare, he said. “We wanted to target those patients who travel to Kijabe from the Eastern parts of Kenya such as Machakos, Makueni and even the North Eastern part of our country, and this clinic will help those people to overcome the great obstacle to healthcare that is distance,” said Dr. Waitara.