The Kenyan Ministry of Health (MoH) has selected GE Healthcare as its strategic partner, in a bid to support its healthcare modernisation programme in the country.
The agreement for radiology infrastructure modernisation was signed in Nairobi in the presence of Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta, deputy president William Ruto and cabinet secretary for health James Macharia.
Mr Macharia said: "The Managed Equipment Services Project is our key flagship programme that will greatly impact the lives of Kenyans by decentralising specialised healthcare services from national referral hospitals to county hospitals."
Under the programme, GE will be involved in modernisation of radiology infrastructure in 94 hospitals across 47 counties, and four national referral hospitals in the country.
The radiology modernisation is said to be the largest of seven parts of the Kenyan Government’s KES38bn ($420m) healthcare transformation programme.
As part of a long-term servicing contract, GE will install 585 units of diagnostic imaging equipment in the facilities, including X-ray and ultrasound systems.
GE Healthcare Africa CEO Farid Fezoua said: "GE Healthcare is honoured and privileged to have been selected by the government of Kenya, through the Ministry of Health, to support its healthcare transformation strategy in line with the country’s Vision 2030 Plan."
GE will also support training and education programmes, focusing on skills development and capacity building.
In addition, GE is planning to create a healthcare training centre, which is being operated jointly with an accredited local partner, and is claimed to be the first training centre for the company in Africa if established.
Image: Kenyan cabinet secretary James Macharia signs wide-scale radiology modernisation agreement with Farid Fezoua, president, GE Healthcare Africa, presided over by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and deputy president William Ruto. Photo: courtesy of Business Wire.