NAIROBI – Many Kenyans were shocked to see images of President Uhuru Kenyatta, alongside other state officials traverse Nairobi County at night while launching projects.
Statement from Statehouse has revealed that President Kenyatta opted to launch the project at night so as to adhere to Ministry of Health containment measures against Covid-19.
President Kenyatta during the Tuesday night operation commissioned five new hospitals in Nairobi County and directed them to offer 24 hour services to residents.
The Presidential Strategic Communication Unit (PSCU) in a statement said that the new health facilities are part of 24 such hospitals being constructed by Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS).
This is inline with a broad Government plan to decongest Kenyatta National Hospital, Mama Lucy, Pumwani and Mbagathi hospitals that are currently overwhelmed.
The President in his four hour night tour launched two level 2 hospitals at Gichagi in Kangemi and Gatina in Kawangware as well as level 3 hospitals in Mukuru Kwa Rueben, Tassia Kwa Ndege and Our Lady of Nazareth in Mukuru Kwa Njenga.
The Head of State directed public hospitals in Nairobi to offer 24-hour services to ensure city residents access health services whenever they need them.
“The dispensaries and level 2 health facilities should operate 24 hours services in order to decongest Kenyatta National Hospital and Mama Lucy Hospital. Instead of someone using money to go and seek medical services at Kenyatta National Hospital, they need to access these services at the facilities which are near them,”President Kenyatta
“We went at night because we wanted to ensure that we were observing Covid-19 protocols. As you have seen for yourselves, it would have been impossible to go and do what we did today, during the day because of the number of people who would have been out there. It would have been very difficult for us to do the job we wanted to do and at the same time observe Covid protocols that the government has put in place,”President Kenyatta
He was accompanied by NMS Director General Mohammed Badi and several senior Government officials.