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Boost as Oxygen plant to be set up at KNH Othaya

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JUNE 15, 2020Kết quả xổ số tháp đồng: Plans are underway to set-up an oxygen plant at the Kenyatta National Hospital in Othaya.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said discussions have been going on between officials from his ministry and representatives from Amref Health Africa and Rockefeller Foundation on the modalities to set up the important facility.

The decision, the CS revealed, was made out of the realization that Central Kenya lacked an oxygen plant and once established, will further boost the provision of healthcare in the region.

Kết quả xổ số tháp đồngThe CS made the remarks on Sunday, June 14, 2020, in Nyeri County during his visit to KNH Othaya. He was taken on a tour of the facility by Chief Executive Dr. Evanson Kamuri.


Health CS Mutahi Kagwe tries on a face shield, part of the assortment of Personal protective Equipment donated to KNH Othaya by Amref Health Kenya in partnership with Rockefeller Foundation.

The CS was accompanied by his Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) counterpart Joe Mucheru, Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga, Health Ministry’s Director of Health Dr. Patrick Amoth, Amref Health Africa CEO Dr. Githinji Gitahi and Rockefeller Foundation Managing Director William Asiko.

Kết quả xổ số tháp đồngAlso present were Kenyatta National Hospital Board Chair George Ooko and board member Mr. Stanley Maina amongst other leaders.

Kết quả xổ số tháp đồngMr. Asiko on his part said; “We have been made to understand that there is a lack of oxygen generation in the region. This facility (KNH – Othaya) is the most appropriate location to set up the facility. We are, however, continuing to have discussions. We will support it.”

The hospital’s efforts to fight the COVID 19 pandemic have in the meantime received a major boost after it received a donation of 35 beds and mattresses, three patient monitors, 4,500 full Personal Protective Equipment, and 1000 cartons of sanitizers from Amref and Rockefeller Foundation.

KNH Chair Mr. Ooko welcomed the move and assured Kenyans of the hospital’s mandate to provide the very best in terms of specialized care.

“On behalf of the board, we will make sure the hospital grows. We will work very hard to achieve this mandate. We will deliver,” said Mr. Ooko.

The CS in the meantime, has raised concern over the rapid rise in the number of non-communicable diseases in the country such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer.

Kết quả xổ số tháp đồngIn Kenya for instance, statistics from the Ministry of Health indicate that close to 24 percent of the country’s population is living with high blood pressure.

More than 47,000 cases are diagnosed while 32,987 patients die of the disease every year.

Kết quả xổ số tháp đồng“These conditions are a major public health concern, with significant social and economic implications in terms of healthcare needs, lost productivity, and premature death,” he said.


KNH CEO Dr Evanson Kamuri explains a point to Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga during a tour of KNH Othaya. The facility was handed over to KNH management in November 2019 to provide healthcare to Central Kenya residents.

NCD’s, he said, contributes to one in every three deaths, and account for half of all hospital admissions in the country.

“Deaths due to NCDs are projected to rise to 55 percent by the year 2030 unless appropriate interventions are put in place. NCDs are often silent, showing no symptoms for many years even when the disease is advancing,” said the CS.

Kết quả xổ số tháp đồng“The vital warnings will more often than not go unnoticed. In most cases, by the time one develops symptoms, complications are usually advanced and the risk of emergencies like a heart attack or stroke is greatly increased. Getting this warning signal early is by far the better option,” he went on.