Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology top management has pledged its commitment to the newly constructed Korogocho Level 5 Hospital. This was revealed during a familiarization tour of the facility made by the JKUAT management on Thursday, September 2, 2021.
The visit to the facility follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) last month.
Led by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, the team toured the four-storey 350-bed capacity hospital which comprises of a Newborn Unit with 10 incubators, three maternity rooms with a total of 6 delivery beds, a seven-bed Intensive Care Unit and general wards for both men and women.
The hospital also has auxiliary support such as the Radiology Department which will offer services such as Ultrasound, CT-Scans, Mammogram, MRI among others. In addition, the mortuary, complete with postmortem services will serve both the hospital and the surrounding community.
Speaking during the visit, Prof. Ngumi noted with satisfaction that the hospital had incorporated important facilities such as accommodation houses for the medical students and staff which would ease the commuter related challenges currently experienced by the College of Health Sciences (COHES) in their daily training at various hospitals.
“I am delighted to know that our students, whom I have a soft spot for, will now concentrate on their studies given the amenities that have been put in place. Korogocho is a needy area and we are committed to do what we can to alleviate these conditions not only in the healthcare but also in environmental management,” explained Prof. Ngumi.
In his remarks, Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs, Prof. Robert Kinyua, an expert in Renewable Energy and Environmental Radiation, reiterated that with adequate support from the government, JKUAT would provide solutions to the waste and air pollution menace emanating from the Dandora dumpsite, which is in close proximity to the Korogocho hospital, an issue that is likely to negatively impact the operations of the hospital.
Mrs. Winnie Omondi, representing the Chair of Council, lauded the University management for providing visionary leadership to the institution and steering it towards such collaborations which she termed as a fulfillment of the University’s objectives in providing intellectual expertise for the welfare of the country’s citizens.
Appreciating the contributions made by JKUAT, Korogocho Hospital Medical Superintendent, Dr. Beth Maina, (a pediatrician by training) and her deputy, Dr. Samwel Ojino, thanked the University for designating a slum hospital as their training partner. She noted that the move, would serve the needy community. Dr. Maina further said, the community was eagerly awaiting for the hospital to commence service delivery.
According to NMS Deputy Director of Medical Services, Dr. Mohammed Musa, Korogocho Hospital was conceptualized in 1989, but has only been actualized recently with JKUAT’s participation initiated by Dr. Reuben Thuo, Dean School of Medicine.
This, Dr. Musa notes, is a great milestone that has been made possible by the commitment of stakeholders such as JKUAT and NMS.
Present during the tour included; Deputy Vice Chancellors; Prof. Bernard Ikua (Administration), Prof. Mary Abukutsa (Research, Production and Extension), Registrars, Dr. Rose Githu (Administration), Dr. Esther Muoria (Academics), Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Patrick Mburugu, as well as Principals and faculty from CoHES.