July 2017 BusinessDaily;
A regional healthcare provider is set to open its first hospital wing in the country before the end on the year to meet the ever rising healthcare demands from the public.
AAR Health Care Kenya, which has presence in three East African countries, namely Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, will spend at least Sh2.5 billion to put up the new facility that has a capacity of over 100 beds.
Since its establishment a few years ago, the medical company mainly majored in provision of outpatient medical services in all its 19 branches across the country.
While making the announcement on Friday during the launch of a new outpatient branch in Buruburu, Dr Frank Njenga, AAR Kenya chairman, noted that the provider has evolved over the years from providing healthcare to patients only covered by AAR insurance to serving all the Kenyans including those without insurance covers.
“We now fully understand the space in which we operate and in the next three years we will have expanded our branches threefold so that we reach many people who need healthcare services,” said Dr Njenga.
He added that the hospital will be constructed in Kiambu County, next to the CID headquarters, on the outskirts of Nairobi.
Charles Kariuki, AAR Health Care Kenya chief executive officer, said the need to create convenient medical care for patients especially in major towns where medical facilities are strained informed the expansion.
“We currently cover over 780,000 people every year, but there is need to create convenience to reach more people,” Mr Kariuki pointed out.