President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday commissioned an ultra-modern Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) regional hospital, underscoring the Government’s commitment to improving the welfare of the country’s security sector for better services to Kenyans.
The state-of-the-art Isiolo Regional Hospital, with a capacity of 105 beds, is a tier 4 facility that will address the healthcare needs of their service personnel, dependents and veterans in the Upper East region which includes Isiolo, Marsabit, Mandera, Wajir, Meru, Nanyuki and Samburu.
Speaking at the launch at the Isiolo Barracks in Meru District, President Kenyatta said the new hospital marked an important step in health care reform for disciplinary forces in line with the Government’s agenda on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) which has seen an increase in services offered to the civilian population. also.
“The facility ahead of us will provide specialized Level 4 services including surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology services, pediatric services and critical care to service members and their families in the region. This will reduce the time required and resources used to travel to Nairobi as it did before,” the President said.
President Kenyatta emphasized that the hospital is also part of the modernization of state institutions and security organs that his government has implemented since 2013.
“During that time, we have modernized our state institutions and security organs to a level unmatched in the history of our nation,” said President Kenyatta.
The Head of State said the KDF Isiolo Hospital also added a Level 4 Hospital which had already been opened at the Kahawa Garrison and the Trauma and Counseling Center in Manda in Lamu Regency.
He pointed out that three other modern health facilities are under various stages of construction in Eldoret for the KDF, in Ruiru for the Prison Service and in Mbagathi for the National Police Service.
“In addition to the facilities highlighted, the upgrade of the Forces Memorial Hospital to a Level 5 facility is ongoing, as is the ongoing construction of a Level 6 Hospital for defense forces located on Waiyaki Way in Nairobi,” said President Kenyatta.
In addition to health, the President said, the Government will also improve the welfare and social support of law enforcement officers by securing the dignity of TNI members and their families through the provision of decent and affordable housing.
In addition to ongoing initiatives to improve police housing, President Kenyatta recalled that last December he presided over the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of 3,500 new houses in Roysambu in Nairobi District for the KDF.
President Kenyatta once again commended the KDF for their courage, duty, service and sacrifice in defending the country, responding to natural disasters and contributing to international peace, security and stability.
He challenged political leaders to emulate the military in the delivery of development projects, citing the amended Kenya Meat Commission and work done in Nairobi by the Nairobi Metropolitan Service as examples of the KDF’s efficiency in service delivery.
President Kenyatta was accompanied by Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa (Defense), Mutahi Kagwe (Health) and Peter Munya (Agriculture) and Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi.
CS Wamalwa said the Ministry of Defense had invested heavily in strategic health facilities across the country in line with the UHC pillar of the Big 4 Agenda.
“In this regard, the Isiolo Regional Hospital is the latest to join the list of military hospitals. This facility will contribute greatly to access to healthcare not only for serving but also retired military personnel and their families through the Defense Forces Insurance scheme and other members of the security services through NHIF,” said CS Wamalwa.
Defense Forces Chief General Robert Kibochi said the new hospital would serve a perceived need in the KDF as it served areas that were previously not well covered in terms of health care provision.
“We are therefore very grateful that this hospital you have just assigned will benefit many of our officers and their families. And also as a policy that we recently adopted, those who have been enrolled in the Defense Force Health Insurance Scheme including veterans will also be part of the patients who will come to this tier 4 hospital,” said General Kibochi.
Former TNI Commander Gen. (Plt) Samson Mwathethe, Julius Karangi, Jeremiah Kianga and Joseph Kibwana joined current and retired senior military officers at the event which was also attended by senior Government officials.
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President Kenyatta Commissions Ultra-modern Regional Military Hospital
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