The Sh800 million facility is the product of the partnership between the Kenyan government, the Nairobi Hospital and the United Nations.
Kenya - Yesterday, the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyata unveiled the United Nations-Nairobi Hospital Treatment Facility (UNTNH), a 100-bed facility with 15 intensive care units, 45 high dependency units along with 40 regular ward beds. “All 100 ward beds have the capability for oxygen, medical gases, and vacuum, including functionality for conversion to ICU, without a retrofit requirement", said the chairman of the Nairobi Hospital, Dr Irungu Ndirangu.
The launch of the facility is seen as a positive step for the country, with the continent having been seen as inadequately prepared for the worst of the pandemic earlier on. The facility, expected to help the country fight infectious diseases for the next 25 years, was called "a monument to the transformative power of collective global action" by the Kenyan President. To date, Kenya has reported just over 68,000 cases and roughly 1,228 deaths.