Why Kenyatta hospital plans to build a private hospital

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Kenyatta National Hospital plans to build a Sh15 billion seven-storey private hospital to fund public services in the parent institution.

In a public notice posted in newspapers, Kenyatta National Hospital  said the 300-bed facility that will be built on 3.6 hectares will be developed under a design, construct, equip, finance, operate and maintain model within the next five years.

“Kenyatta National Hospital Board (KNHB) now wishes to have developed a separate private hospital (the Project) under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement that will serve fee-paying private patients, hence providing a source of additional funding to support the main public hospital,” says the published request for qualification (RFQ) notice.

According to the notice, construction will start in 2020 and itaims at offering premium services and will have a capacity of 500 parking slots.

“The prospective bidder must have acted as a hospital operator for not less than five years in a performance-based Level 6 specialist healthcare facility under a public-private partnership contract or a privately run Level 6 facility with a minimum 300 beds,” says

Te feasibility study  of the project is being undertaken by Ernst & Young, is the first healthcare public private partnership (PPP) project in Kenya where investors build and own a facility for a number of years to recover costs and make profit before transferring it to the State