French Minister Inspects Maternal & Child Health Care Medical Equipment at MTRH
French Minister for Trade H.E. Olivier Becht visited Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) on Wednesday 22nd February, 2023 where he inspected and appreciated Maternal & Child Health Care Equipment usage by MTRH worth approximately Ksh. 1Billion.
The equipment was donated through the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the French Embassy in Kenya. FSE Group (France) and Medionics (Kenya) were contracted by MoH to provide installation, commissioning, testing and maintenance as well as training of technical staff operating the equipment.
Upon arrival, the Kenyan and French Government officials held a bilateral meeting on the support extended to MTRH (in terms of equipment) at CEO’s boardroom before embarking on a guided tour of New Born Unit (NBU), Riley Mother & Baby Hospital (RMBH) and later unveiling of the equipment at Shoe4Africa Children Hospital.
The specialized equipment include: Neonatal ventilators, Phototherapy tunnel & lamp machines, Neonatal transport incubator, CPAP Machines, Anaesthetic beds and lamps, Labor and delivery beds, Fetal Cardio-tocography machine, Patient monitors, Electric ICU beds, Infusion and Syringe pumps, Portable X-ray machines, C-arm imaging machine, Ultrasound machines. Others are Laboratory equipment; Haematology and Chemistry Analyzer, Karyotype machines and blood fridges. The package also included washing machines and a dryer.
Addressing the media shortly after the tour of MTRH, H.E. Becht observed that acquisition of the assorted medical equipment demonstrates solidarity with the Kenyan Government and people, Kenya being one of France’s key partners in Africa.
“This equipment will not only improve the quality of care for mothers and neonates in Kenya, but it will also enable attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as realization of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).”
In his remarks, Cabinet Secretary Foreign & Diaspora Affairs, Dr. Alfred Mutua, EGH commended MTRH leadership for providing quality healthcare to Kenyans adding that it is God’s work.
He said that Kenya and French Government collaboration is centred on three areas; healthcare, agriculture and sports for the benefit of all Kenyans.
The Principal Secretary, State Department of Medical Services, Ministry of Health, Eng. Peter K. Tum, CBS, who accompanied the French Minister to MTRH, expressed gratitude to the French Government for their close-working relationship with the Kenyan Government in actualizing the project.
“Healthcare is fundamental and forms one of the cardinal pillars of Kenya Kwanza Government Bottom-Up Economic Transformational Agenda,” he said.
Other than MTRH, Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo Marakwet, Trans-Nzoia, and Baringo counties have benefited from the equipment.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. Wilson K. Aruasa, MBS, EBS, appreciated the French Government for funding HepWek, a two-year project through the Solidarity Fund for Innovative Project (FSPI), aimed at facilitating prevention, improving early diagnosis, enhancing Human Resource for Health capacity at MTRH for liver resection, thereby improving outcomes in management of hepatocellular carcinoma.
“Through this project, we have trained Doctors, Clinical Officers, Nurses and Radiographers at MTRH and Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo Marakwet, Baringo Counties so they can prevent and diagnose hepatocellular carcinoma early and refer appropriately,” he affirmed.
MTRH serves as Hub whilst Spoke include; West Maternity, Turbo, Kamwosor, Mosoriot, Cherangany and Chemolingot County Hospitals. The project has provided model equipment and training of health workers.
Present during the visit were: Governor-Uasin Gishu County, H.E. Jonathan Bii Chelilim; Deputy Governor, Uasin Gishu County, Eng. John Barorot; French Ambassador to Kenya, H.E. Arnaud Suquet; County Commissioner- Uasin Gishu, Dr. Eddyson Nyale,OGW; Principal, Moi University College of Health Sciences, Prof. Tenge Kuremu; Dr. Fatma Some – Physician and Senior Lecturer Moi University, School of Medicine and Hospital Management Team. Officials from the FSE Group were also present.