NMS completes new Mama Margaret Kenyatta hospital in Nairobi [Photos]
Badi was speaking at the 10th anniversary celebrations of Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital.
He also announced that Korogosho Level 5 Hospital will be open to the public in the coming week.
The hospital, which is the first of its kind in the city, will be renamed Mama Margaret Kenyatta Hospital and will begin offering services as President Uhuru Kenyatta waits to officially put it into operation.
This will be the first level 5 hospital in Nairobi and is expected to help decongest Kenyatta National Hospital, which is a level 6 hospital.
The hospital had been at a standstill for years, but now has a capacity of 350 beds.
Nairobi will also get another Level 5 hospital, with the upgrading of Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital, which serves over 2.1 million people in Eastlands.
Badi said Mama Lucy Hospital will start offering air evacuation services, noting that the necessary inspections and approvals have already been undertaken and granted by the Kenya Air Force.
The facility will be complemented by the upcoming second wing with a capacity of 66 beds to add to its current capacity of 188.
Health Services Dr Ouma Oluga noted that these 2 level 5 hospitals will provide relief to the 47% of the walk-in population at Kenyatta National Hospital as he called on the public to avail the specialized health care services available free of charge or at subsidized rates.
Together, former Mayor Joe Aketch and Mama Lucy Hospital board chair noted that healthcare has matured to fill gaps in the healthcare sector, including those sought in abroad.
Hospital superintendent Dr Emma Mutio highlighted the hospitals’ memorandum of understanding with various institutions, including the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, on the professional training of their medical students, noting that the right mix of health cases called the medics ahead of the pack.
Mama Lucy Hospital takes care of 25,000 patients / month in outpatient service, 2,000 patients / month in patient service, 1,200 deliveries / month, 300 cesarean sections / month.
The average length of hospital stay is 4 days with a bed occupancy rate of 135%. The population of its watershed is 274,300 t, with a current bed capacity of 188 beds. The hospital has a staff of 694 people.
Mama Lucy Hospital currently has an oxygen production capacity of 80 to 100 bottles / day. (1 displacement = 8.5 cubic meters) and an ICU wing with a capacity of 18 beds.