The Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) plans to put up a multi-billion-shilling referral and teaching centre in Mwea, Kirinyaga County.
The facility, according to the Kemri Director Solomon Mpoke, would comprise a university, research centre, modern hospital and state-of-the-art diagnostic laboratory. The laboratory, Prof Mpoke said, would ensure proper and professional screening is carried out by experts. The research centre would also carry out various studies and surveys on water-borne diseases as well as malaria, which continue to ravage the region.
The facility will be built on 100 acres, which has since been hived off from Wamumu Approved School after the Cabinet gave a nod to the mega project.
Governor Joseph Ndathi, last week, presented Mpoke with the title deed for the land, a move which will now pave way for commencement of construction of the Sh10 billion project. Mr Ndathi said the hospital will be among the Vision 2030 flagship projects being undertaken by the Jubilee administration.
“Our people have had to travel far and wide in search of specialised medical services and some die before they get to Nairobi but this will now be behind us once the project is completed,” he said.
The governor also said the presence of Kemri in the region, and with a project of such magnitude, would spur socio-economic growth.
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