Sustainable healthcare in Kenya has received a $13m investment boost with a new skills development facility committed to training 10,000 health professionals by 2020.
Prior to this, the ministry of health and GE had signed a contract in response to Kenya’s managed equipment services plan in February 2015 that includes a four-pillar solution being provided by GE:
- An adapted technology approach covering wide-scale radiology modernisation with e-health capabilities
- A sustainable service and maintenance programme
- A commitment to localised skills development and capacity building
- A structured financing solution that is enabling the ministry to sustainably fund its long-term healthcare transformation.
Building on the country’s ongoing $420m health modernisation programme, the GE Healthcare Skills and Training Institute will initially offer clinical applications and technical training courses for healthcare professionals in Kenya and East Africa.
In the long run, it will be expanded to offer leadership, biomedical and clinical education courses, working with the ministry of health, private healthcare providers and other educational partners.
An assessment of the impact of government’s radiology modernisation initiative has shown early positive trends with increased system efficiency, reduced patient waiting times and increased throughput that includes an increase in examination volume post implementation from about 1,500 monthly digital exams to over 28,800 monthly digital exams across the first 44 hospitals.
Also, improved workflow efficiency has shown a preliminary 14% reduction in average scan time from analogue to digital.
Farid Fezoua, president and CEO, GE Healthcare Africa says: “The new centre will not only help to ensure that Kenya’s healthcare workforce receives critical training to optimise the full features and benefits of the country’s newest healthcare equipment, it will also support a pipeline of future biomedical engineers, radiologists and technicians. This commitment to healthcare capacity building will help to reduce the country’s skills gap, improve job prospects and build a solid national healthcare system and private healthcare sector.”