Grand opening of The Karen Hospital Meru Branch
The Karen Hospital made another significant move towards devolving its services to promote quality and equitable healthcare system in the country by officially opening its Meru Outpatient Branch new location at the ultra-modern facility with state of the art equipment on 17th February, 2021 with an increase in the services offered.
The new branch located on the ground and first floor at Royal Business Park, Njuri Ncheke Street,provides a more convenient option which is larger and coupled with a wide range of services for Meru residents who have from the year 2011 been accessing services at the branch’s adjacent building on the same Street.
The grand launch was graced by His Excellency Kiraitu Murungi, Governor Meru County, Hon. Titus Ntuchiu, Deputy Governor Meru County, Dr. James J. Mageria, The Karen Hospital Founding Chairman,Dr. Betty Gikonyo, The Karen Hospital Chairman,Mrs. Juliet Nyaga, The Karen Hospital CEO, Senior Government officials and other strategic partners.
In his Address, the Governor hailed The Karen Hospital for their collaborative effort in the provision of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) supplementing county governments’ efforts. “The launch of this hospital is an important part of our Healthcare master plan as per our Health Care Strategic Plan and Meru Vision 2040. The hospital will play a key role in ensuring our people have accessible and first class medical services without the need to travel to Nairobi and other places.” Stated the Governor.
Dr. Betty Gikonyo observed that the private sector’s role is to help in driving the country’s health agenda.
“We have partnered with National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) to ensure that Kenyans can access quality healthcare. This has enabled hundreds of clients receive lifesaving surgeries. One good example is that in the last three years alone, The Karen Hospital has carried over 400 open heart surgeries.” Added Dr. Betty Gikonyo.
The Karen Hospital, Meru branch began operations in November 2011 and has since continued offering quality healthcare services to clients in the Meru County and its environs being avid supporters of the health and welfare of the people of Meru County.
“We highly appreciate the 10 years of working with the Meru community and great reception and cordial relationship that has been developed over the years. So far, over 190,000 patients have benefitted from our services. We look to the future with great optimism, knowing fully well that in the next decade we shall see even a greater number of clients as more people will embrace preventative wellness checkups.
We are scaling up our service delivery in various counties based on local needs as well as national leadership in healthcare. The aim is to bring quality, accessible and affordable healthcare services with exceptional clinical outcomes closer to the people and to complement the government’s efforts in attaining universal health coverage,” said Juliet Nyaga, The Karen Hospital CEO.
She further acknowledged the progress achieved by both the county and the national government since the devolution of healthcare services as more Kenyans have been able to access these crucial services.
With the expansion to the ultra-modern facility with state of the art equipment, The Meru branch shall also be able to serve more patients and provide more comprehensive healthcare services including general consultation, dental, optical, cardiac, wellness checkups, Orthopaedic, rehabilitation, Maternal Child Health Clinic (MCHC), Obstetrics and Gynaecology, diagnostics and imaging services among others and continues to include new services.