By Samuel Ouma
The Kenyan government will partner with GKSD, one of the top private hospitals in Italy, to set up an international-standard neuropsychiatric hospital in Nairobi.
Speaking during talks with Mr. Kamel Ghribi, chairman of GKSD, on Friday, May 13, 2022, President Kenyatta said the construction of the hospital would be part of ongoing efforts to address the challenge of mental health in the country.
President Kenyatta decried over the rising of mental health cases in Kenya and the region, saying there is a dire need to build a specialist hospital to curb the menace.
“This is something which has been long overdue. This facility will help in tackling the growing cases of mental health patients. Mental health is becoming one of the country’s biggest health challenges, and having a centre helping in tackling the problem will be great,” President Kenyatta said.
The facility’s construction will begin in mid-June on an 80-hectare parcel of land in the Karen/Ngong area. It will have a capacity of 600 beds.
Additionally, the hospital will host a specialist university to train mental health workers.
At the same time, President Kenyatta expressed his gratitude to GKSD for agreeing to partner with Kenya in the setting up of the Hospital, saying their support will expand the country’s capacity to address the rising cases of mental illnesses.
On his part, Mr Ghribi assured the President of his organization’s total commitment to supporting Kenya to achieve her objective of offering quality and affordable mental health services to its citizens and patients from the region.
“We are committed to quality health services. As an organization, we will ensure this facility becomes a premier international neuropsychiatric and wellness centre in Africa and beyond,” Mr Ghribi assured.