By John Oywa
The AGA Khan Health Services is set to build a $250 million (Sh15.7 billion) hospital and medical training complex in Nairobi.
When completed by 2011, the state-of-the-art facility would be the only one of its kind in East and Central Africa and will rival the Aga Khan Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi, Ms Asmita Gillani, said preparations for the construction of the new hospital and medical training institution were complete.
“It will be one of the best equipped in the world and East Africans will not need to travel to Europe or the US for specialised treatment. They will get in Nairobi,” she said.
Speaking in Kisumu, Gillani said the medical complex will include an undergraduate medical training centre and a nursing college.
“We have acquired land and work is set to begin,” she said.
She said the Aga Khan University Hospital was installing new medical technology costing $43 million (Sh2.7 billion) to handle cardiac related illnesses and would soon launch new equipment for cancer treatment.