The Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) has reiterated its commitment to set up health facilities in Nairobi’s informal settlements. In July, NMS Director General Mohammed Badi promised that 24 health facilities would be built in Korogocho, Kibra, Mathare and Mukuru to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
During the 57th Jamhuri Day celebrations, President Uhuru Kenyatta affirmed that the 24 level-2 and 3 hospitals with a 280-bed capacity will be ready by February 2021.
The poor state of health care in these areas has been worrying. In Mukuru Kwa Reuben, for instance, a single eight-bed private hospital has been catering for about half a million residents.
The building of the new facilities is in line with the Universal Health Care (UHC) goals, which Kenya hopes to attain by 2022. UHC seeks to ensure that citizens have easy access to affordable, yet quality healthcare.
Notably too, UHC is an integral part of the Big Four Agenda that is so dear to President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Globally, informal settlement areas lack the most basic facilities; clean water, toilets, good roads, proper housing, electricity and schools, among others.
A combination of these factors and overcrowding has often led to the emergence of communicable diseases like cholera. Many have died from lack of proper medical attention when their lives could have been saved.
NMS has demonstrated rare commitment to improve service delivery in Nairobi. Since its formation in February 2020, NMS has managed to provide informal settlement dwellers with clean tap water in areas where water cartels have run the show for decades.
A lot more is evident. NMS has demonstrated that service delivery requires nothing more than dedication and the right focus. That is the spirit that we need to build a new Kenya.[embedded content]