Retirement Benefits Authority today gave Kenyatta National Hospital 15 beds, 20 mattresses, 20 gun thermometers and 30 drip stands. The medical equipment would be used by children at the hospital’s cancer wards.
Kenyatta National Hospital has dedicated eight wards for cancer management including two wards for children. However, the hospital is experiencing significant financial gaps because many of the patients are unable to pay their medical bills.
Acting Director Nursing Services Rose Wafubwa said that the money the hospital receives from the government is insufficient to buy all needed equipment. She said that the hospital is unable to make the capital investment it requires because of the low funds.
“KNH is a public institution, so we get support from the government, but we know the government’s cake is small,” she said when receiving the medical items at the hospital. “But we embrace partners so that we can make KNH have the face we want.”
RBA Chief Executive Officer Charles Machira said that the Authority commits itself to help disadvantaged members of the community. He said that building lives of the children was as important as the Authority’s mandate to improve the welfare of workers during old age. Mr Machira said that the Authority would build and strengthen the partnership with Kenyatta National Hospital. “Let’s build on what we have come with and sustain this journey,” he said.