Police Referral Hospital to Be Constructed in August

Plans are underway for the construction of a National Police Service referral hospital starting October 2018.

This is according to Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet who revealed that the 300-bed hospital will serve both serving and retired officers

The main objective of the project is for the police officers and their families to access quality, accessible and affordable healthcare.

The hospital will also have a VIP suite, mortuary, training and education both locally and overseas, operation and maintenance support, according to an advert in one of the dailies.

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Most officers injured in the line of duty are usually airlifted to Defence Forces Memorial Hospital in Nairobi for specialized treatment while others are taken to the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) and the Nairobi West hospital.

Construction will be done through the government grant and soft loan funding will incorporate the supply of medical equipment and a hospital information system.

“The NPS now invites eligible firms with proven track record and performance of similar assignments to indicate their interest in providing the service on design, build and transfer basis including a proposal of funding the project,” added the request.

According to reports, a land near the Inland Container Depot (ICD), which had been identified for the construction of the hospital, was taken by the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), hence delaying the project.

In February this year, President Uhuru Kenyatta said the construction of the facility was part of modernization programmes he had announced.

“The modernization programme we have undertaken – and which continues in my administration’s second term – prepares the Service to meet both the security challenges Kenya face today and those we can expect tomorrow,” he remarked.
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