Nairobi - General Electric on Wednesday marked another step
in the development of sustainable healthcare in Kenya, with the inauguration of
the brand new $13 million GE Healthcare Skills and Training Institute, an
education facility for healthcare professionals.
The centre was inaugurated in the presence of Dr Cleopa
Mailu, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Health for Kenya (or designate) and Mr.
John Flannery, President & CEO of GE Healthcare, in Nairobi.
Through the new facility, GE has committed to training over
10,000 healthcare professionals from across Kenya and East Africa by 2020.
It would be recalled that in February 2013, the Federal
Government of Nigeria signed a Memorandum of Understanding, with General
Electric Company to invest $1 billion (N158 billion) in assembling and
manufacturing facilities in Nigeria, according to a news24 report.
At the inauguration event, Dr. Cleopa Mailu, Cabinet
Secretary, Ministry of Health said: “Demand for quality healthcare is
increasing. The GE Training Centre will
play a critical role in supporting the capacity development of biomedical
engineers, radiologists and technicians, helping to reduce the skills gap,
improve job prospects and build a solid national healthcare system.”
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The GE Healthcare Skills and Training Institute will
initially offer clinical applications and technical training courses for
healthcare professionals in Kenya and East Africa; over the longer-term, it
will be expanded to offer leadership, biomedical and clinical education
courses, working with the Ministry of Health, private healthcare providers and
other educational partners, officials say.
During the event, deepening its local partnerships to
support human capital development and capacity building, GE Healthcare also
signed three new partnerships for skills building in Kenya and East Africa with
the Kenya Medical Training College and global partners IntraHealth and
Management Sciences for Health.
Farid Fezoua, President & CEO, GE Healthcare Africa
said: “The new centre will not only help to ensure that Kenya’s healthcare
workforce receives critical training to optimize the full features and benefits
of country’s newest healthcare equipment, in the future, it will support the
development of a pipeline of future biomedical engineers, radiologists and
technicians. This commitment to healthcare capacity building will help to
reduce the country’s skills gap, improve job prospects and build a solid
national healthcare system and private healthcare sector.”
Further, assessment of the impact of Government’s radiology
modernization initiative, being executed by GE, has shown positive early trends
with increased system efficiency, reduced patient waiting times and increased
“To date, radiology departments at 70 modernized hospitals
are delivering services to patients in 42 of the 47 counties. Work is well
underway in the remaining 28 hospitals.” Said Dr. Mailu, “While data that
assesses the long-term impact of the programme will take some time to be
compiled and analysed, the early results are positive.”
In February 2015, the Kenyan Ministry of Health and GE
signed a contract in response to Kenya’s Managed Equipment Services plan, which
includes a four-pillar solution being provided by GE: an adapted technology
approach covering wide scale radiology modernization with e-health
capabilities; a sustainable service and maintenance program; a commitment to
localized skills development and capacity building and a structured financing
solution that is enabling the Ministry to sustainably fund its long-term healthcare
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