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President Uhuru Kenyatta during the 9th Presidential Covid-19 address. Photo: PSCU

President Kenyatta commissions construction of new hospitals in Nairobi’s informal settlements.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has on Monday commissioned the construction of three new Level 3 hospitals in Nairobi’s informal settlements. Kenyatta witnessed the ground breaking for the construction of 16-bed capacity hospitals at Muthua in Uthiru and Kianda in Kibra as well as a 24-bed facility at Maendeleo Village in Mukuru Kwa Reuben.

The three hospitals are part of 20 such facilities earmarked for various parts of the city and are being developed by the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS), at an average cost of Ksh70 million each. Alongside the new health facilities, NMS is also fast tracking the sinking of community boreholes to provide free clean drinking water and upgrading of access roads to bitumen standards.

In the various constituencies, the Head of State was received by respective MPs including John Kiarie of Dagoretti South, Imran Okoth of Kibra and Julius Mawathe of Embakasi South. He was accompanied by the NMS Director General Major Gen. Mohamed Badi and Nairobi regional coordinator Kang’ethe Thuku among other state officials.

President Kenyatta also addressed thousands of residents who had turned up to welcome him at the various constituencies. He said that the projects were part of a grand plan to transform the outlook of the city more so in informal settlements. He asked Kenyans to ignore disruptive and empty political rhetoric saying that the Government’s focus was on improving the living standards of Nairobi residents.

He also urged Kenyans to continue protecting themselves from Covid-19 by following the established health protocols.