Uhuru commissions three new hospitals in Nairobi slums

President Uhuru Kenyatta commissions the construction of three new Level 3 hospitals in Nairobi’s informal settlements/COURTESY

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday commissioned the construction of three new Level 3 hospitals in Nairobi’s informal settlements.

The President witnessed ground breaking for the construction of 16-bed capacity hospitals at Muthua in Uthiru and Kianda in Kibra and a 24-bed facility at Maendeleo village in Mukuru kwa Reuben.

The three hospitals are part of 20 such facilities earmarked for various parts of the city and are being developed by the Nairobi Metropolitan Service at an average cost of Sh70 million each.

The President was accompanied by NMS Director General Mohamed Badi, Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry boss Richard Ngatia and Nairobi Regional Coordinator Kang’ethe Thuku.

Alongside the new health facilities, NMS is also fast tracking the sinking of community boreholes to provide free clean drinking water and upgrading of access roads to bitumen standard.

The President said the projects are part of a grand plan to transform the outlook of the city, especially its informal settlements.

He asked Kenyans to ignore disruptive and empty political rhetoric saying the government’s focus is to improve the living standards of Nairobi residents.

The President urged Kenyans to continue protecting themselves from coronavirus by following the established health protocols.

In the various constituencies, the Head of State was received by respective MPs including John Kiarie (Dagoretti South), Imran Okoth (Kibra) and Julius Mawathe (Embakasi South).

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