Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) is planning the construction  of a seven-storey hospital which will host a 300-bed private block set to offer specialised healthcare services provided by top hospitals like Nairobi and Aga Khan.

The hospital is set to be the first healthcare project undertaken under a public private partnership (PPP) in Kenya, where investors build and own a facility for a number of years to recover their costs and make profit before transferring it to the State.

In March 2018, KNH contracted a consortium from Ernst & Young Kenya, India and UK to conduct a feasibility study on the technical configuration, affordability and commercial bankability of the project.

The Kenya PPP projects status report for June, 2018 explains that ‘a build-operate-transfer PPP where the private party finances, constructs, operates and maintains the envisaged seven-storey building to house hospital’.

According to the report, the objective of the project is ‘to provide local access to state-of-the-art specialty care thereby reducing the need to travel’. This could save the Kenyan economy billions of shillings that Kenyans spend abroad while seeking specialised treatment.

The report also pointed out that the country has a relatively poor public health infrastructure plagued by acute shortage of doctors, a lack of essential drugs and medical equipment. This is coupled with inability of poor patients to afford healthcare in expensive private hospitals.

The hospital is expected to offer radiotherapy, chemotherapy, advanced surgery and bone marrow transplant services.

KNH has also proposed to construct 2,000 units of one, two and three-bedroom housing on a 10 hectare piece of land it owns off Mbagathi Road. A shopping complex and training centre will complete the development.

Source; Construction Review Online

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