By Stanley Mwahanga
Kilifi County Government, March 31, 2017 signed a Sh 4 billion health care investment agreement with an International health services firm that will see the construction of an Ultra Modern healthcare complex centre built within the posh Vipingo area in Kilifi county.
The complex which will be built on 25 acres in Vipingo, will include 18 operating rooms, together with emergency wards for surgery patients, serving more than 100,000 people accross the county.
The complex, the first of its kind in Kenya will offer all manner of specialized surgical procedure to be performed by international trained surgeons from across Europe.
According to Better Place International, the partners who signed the deal with the county government, the facility will treat surgeries ranging from General surgery, Gynecological Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Ophthalmological Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery,Trauma Surgery,Urologic Surgery among other surgical procedures.
The deal that was signed between Kilifi county government and BetterPlace International (BPi) saw the two parties agree that they will collaborate in promoting heath development within the county.
Kilifi governor Amason Kingi and BPI President and founder Yuri Millo agreed that they would work together towards providing better healthcare services to the people of Kilifi.
Speaking during the signing of the agreement, the governor said his administration will give maximum support towards the realisation of the project that will mainly concentrate on surgical services.
"We are keen to see that better health services will be provided to the people of Kilifi and that the project will be completed sooner once the construction begins," said Kingi.
BPI President Yuri Millo said the construction of the health complex will greatly ease the county budgetary strains in terms of health and help the county budget their finances towards other development project.
He said besides the sh 4 billion that they pump towards the construction of the facility, BPI will source for specialised doctors from abroad to perform specialised surgical procedures besides building staff houses and offering more than 400 jobs to the local community in the area.
"What we are doing is building a sustainable health facility that will provide high end surgical and emergency treatment. We will provide volunteer specialist once the project is complete in about a year from now who will perform all manner of surgical procedures from general surgery, pediatric , orthopedic, name it all surgeries will be done here," said Mr Millo.
"Now the county can concentrate on using its money towards other development because this will be a major boost for them," he said.
The health department in the county is one of the well funded areas in the county with a budgetary allocation of sh 2.3 billion a year with a bulk of the money going towards building infrastructure.
Mr Millo said this was the first such complex that was being undertaken in the country and once complete, they would move to other regions in the Rift valley region, Lake region and Northern Eastern region to help them access medical services.
He said they plan to complete the project by September 2018.