Kisii Medical City under construction in south-western Kenya

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The Kisii Medical City involves a training facility and a health center of excellence under construction in Kisii county. This comes after a deal that Kenya and the UK struck in January 2021.

The facility will be constructed under the guidelines of the Sustainable Urban Economic Development and Kenya UK Health Alliance programs. It will train Kenya’s medical workforce in accordance with UK standards and adapt UK curricula to suit local needs.

According to Kisii Governor Simba Arati, the medical city will aid three more universities in the Lake Region Economic Bloc that house additional medical schools. They include Maseno University, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, and Egerton University.

Will the Kisii Medical City have any impacts on the environment?

According to the governor, the Medical City would be based on an eco-friendly ecosystem. This is currently being developed by Kisii Municipality under the British Sustainable Urban Economic Development Programme. 

Arati said this in a speech recently at a press conference held at the Nairobi offices of the Council of Governors. Julius Court, the Deputy High Commissioner and Director of Development for Kenya, was in his company. MPs from Kisii County, as well as officials from Kisii University and Kisii Municipality, were also in attendance.

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In order to optimize the county’s economic potential, Arati said that Kisii Municipality has a detailed Urban Economic Plan that outlines key value chains and projects to establish climate-resilient infrastructure. He added that the initiative is supporting three value chains in the municipality. These are banana value addition, avocado processing, and integrated waste management.

Commitment to carrying out the project

The governor said that Kisii’s top leaders had reiterated their commitment to carrying out the programs to the British High Commission, and he would soon be heading a delegation to President William Ruto to update him on the implementation’s status.

In order to better people’s lives, Kisii county and Court’s government are delighted to work together. It’s great that health collaboration exists. On such issues, he continued, they would work with President William Ruto.

Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya’s retired president, witnessed the signing of the Kenya-UK Health Alliance deal.