NAIROBI, 25 October 2018 (PSCU) – First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has commended the role played by faith-based organizations in complementing ongoing Government efforts towards the delivery of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in the country.
The First Lady noted that faith-based organizations have gone beyond their call to spread the gospel to cover provision of education and healthcare, serving thousands of women, men and children.
“I know that you seek to continue to provide healthcare for the thousands of women and children who seek your help, ” the First Lady said.
The First Lady was speaking today when she presided over the official opening of Mother Kevin Light House wing and launched specialized healthcare services at St. Francis Community Hospital in Kasarani, Nairobi.
She commended the hospital for being one of those that conduct the highest number of paediatric reconstructive surgeries in East and Central Africa.
“I commend your boda boda program which is addressing the rising numbers of accident victims, as well as the outreach programs targeting the youth dwelling in the surrounding informal settlements,” the First Lady told the hospital’s trustees, advisors and management team.
The First Lady emphasized that access to quality and affordable healthcare is a fundamental right for all citizens.
“Health and well-being of citizens is an aspiration of every country in the world,” she said.
The new wing of the hospital run by the Little Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi of the Catholic Church was constructed at a cost of Shs 263 million and offers a wide range of services including specialised surgeries, dialysis and physiotherapy, paediatric services as well as the ICU and HDU facilities.
The First Lady attended a special celebratory mass conducted by –Rev. Bishop Joseph Mbatia that preceded the opening of the new facility.
She appreciated the high level of investment that has gone into equipping the wards including the use of technology to enable telemedicine.
“Through the support of the Government together with partners represented here today, many patients will benefit from the quality care that has been made possible by the professional staff trained in the teaching and learning facility provided at St Francis Hospital as a level 5 hospital,” she said.
The First Lady observed that the hospital, that started as a small nursery school in 1993 and later a one room dispensary, has transformed from a Level 3 hospital in 2009 to become a fully operational Level 5 hospital serving communities from Kasarani, Ruai, Kahawa and some coming from as far as Kiambu and Machakos counties.
Noting that the hospital held a medical camp ahead of the official opening of the new wing, the First Lady thanked all those who gave their time and employed their skill to provide the much needed medical services.
“This is the same spirit that we rely on to support us during our Beyond Zero Medical Safaris in different counties,” the First Lady said.
Speaking during the occasion, Director of Medical Services Dr Jackson Kioko commended the First Lady for supporting the health sector, particularly in provision of maternal and child healthcare.
“Your Excellency, what you have been doing in this country has played a great role in pushing the health agenda, especially on the maternal and child health through the Beyond zero program. You have walked with us to transform the health sector. We are proud of you, ” Dr Kioko said.
He particularly commended the First Lady’s Medical Safaris, saying they have opened access to many people who were not able to access specialized services.
Other speakers included Kasarani MP Mercy Gakuya, the hospital’s Acting Chairperson Dr. Nelly Bosire, Sister Alice Wanjiru who is the director of the hospital and CEO Sister Esther Mwangi.