The African Development Bank (AfDB) has provided Nairobi US$ 22m for the construction of a medical school and hospital for kidney-related
The mega project will comprise of a hospital and a university wing which will encompass 25 wards, laboratories, surgical theatres, high dependency units, consultation rooms and vehicle parking yards.
The kidney hospital dubbed The East African Kidney Institute (EAKI) will be located on a plot to be hived off the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) playground currently used by six sporting teams.
It will host lecture halls, multimedia and video conferencing rooms.
The facility which will be designed by an Italian company-Politecnica Ingegneria Architettura will train renal ailments specialists for the East African region and will help cut huge expenses, estimated at over US $148m, incurred by East Africans seeking treatment abroad annually for Non-Communicable Diseases.
According to AfDB, the institute is part of the East Africa Community’s plan to avail centres of excellence and tertiary education in biomedical sciences in four countries.
AfDB is also funding development of the East Africa Biomedical Engineering Institute (EABEI) in Rwanda, East Africa Oncology Institute (EAOI) in Uganda, and East Africa Heart Institute (EAHI) in Tanzania.
The National Environment Management Authority has given Kenyans 30 days to air their views on the proposed project.
Politecnica is one of the top Italian firms providing integrated service in architecture, engineering and urban planning. It is independent and fully controlled by its 41 cooperative associates, mainly engineers and architects, who have worked on projects in over 50 countries worldwide.