Karen Hospital boosts devolution of healthcare services with launch of Nakuru Clinic

Nakuru, Kenya 28th July, 2017:  The Karen Hospital has today made another significant move towards devolving its services to promote quality and equitable healthcare system in the country by officially launching its Nakuru Satellite Clinic.

This launch brings to  11 the total number of clinics in The Karen Hospital stable with others being in Nairobi (Cardinal Otunga Plaza), Westlands (Purvi House), Ngong (Ngong-Kiserian Road), Ong’ata Rongai (Geomack House), Kitengela (Sony Plaza), Nyeri (Caledonia House), Meru (Njuricheke Street), Karatina (Kibaki Street), Thika (Maisha Heights) and Naivasha.

“We are scaling up our service delivery in various counties based on localneeds as well as leadership in healthcare with the aim of bringing quality and affordable healthcare services closer to the people and to complement the government’s efforts in attaining universal health coverage,” said Dr. Betty Gikonyo, Karen Hospital CEO.

As a country, the challenges confronting the health sector range from the spread of communicable diseases, and a growing burden of non-communicable diseases. These problems continue to derail attainment of Universal Health Coverage as envisioned in Kenya’s Vision 2030 and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Dr. Gikonyo observed that the private sector’s role is to help in driving the country’s health agenda, particularly in addressing the challenges limiting attainment of healthcare for all.

She further acknowledged the progress achieved by both the county and the national government since the devolution of health services as more Kenyans have been able to access these crucial services.

However, The Karen Hospital CEO pointed out that more still needs to be done in order to increase delivery of quality and equitable health services.

“Indeed, this drives us to double our efforts to do what needs to be done,” she added.

The new clinic located at Tower One in Nakuru provides a more convenient option for Nakuru residents who have from the year 2010 been accessing services at the branch’s Postbank Building.  With the expansion to Tower One, the clinic will also be able to serve more patients.

The services provided at the clinic include general consultation, minor surgeries, radiology, obstetrics and gynaecology among others. In addition, cardiac patients will have easy access to specialized cardiac screening, treatment and care. During the last Financial Year alone, the hospital’s Nakuru branch attended to more than 11,000 patients.

Currently, NHIF has partnered with the Karen Hospital and other private hospitals under the Cardiac Program to address both financial and clinical hurdles faced by heart disease patients in the country. In addition, NHIF packages also cater for outpatient and inpatient services, renal dialysis and a number of chronic illnesses.