SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY HON. UHURU KENYATTA, PRESIDENT AND COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE FORCES OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA, AT THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE CHANDARIA MEDICAL CENTRE, GERTRUDE’S CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, MUTHAIGA, 1
Good morning, Ladies and Gentlemen,I am pleased to join you today at this important function to inaugurate the Chandaria Medical Centre. It is a joy for me to once again pay a visit to the Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital. I recall with appreciation the warmth with which I was received when, in the year !!!, as a friend of the Hospital, I had the privilege to officially open the "ean #ard.#e are here $ecause of the generosity of one man who truly $elieves in promoting the welfare of all %enyan people. &his man is 'r. Manu Chandaria, who has $een (nown to me and my family for many years through his wor( as an industrialist and philanthropist.I am informed that 'r. Manu Chandaria, through the Chandaria )oundation, gave a donation of %sh.*!! million to Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital for enhancement of the intensive care and diagnostic services. &he money has $een used in the construction and installation of e+uipment in the newly constructed medical centre, which, I understand is now operational. &he facility, which cost %sh.-!million to construct and e+uip, is a great milestone towards the Gertrude’s Hospital’s aspiration to $ecome a regional centre of ecellence in paediatrics.Ladies and Gentlemen,Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital is one of the most recognised paediatric hospitals in /ast and Central 0frica. &he hospital serves children from 1airo$i and gets referrals from all over %enya and from the neigh$ouring countries including 2ganda, &an3ania, 'emocratic 4epu$lic of Congo, 4wanda and 5urundi. 6outh 6udan, 0frica’s youngest repu$lic, has now joined that list. I salute the 5oard of &rustees and Management of Gerturde’s Children Hospital for doing us pride.&his facility will go a long way in complementing my Government’s efforts in promoting medical tourism, one of the flagship programmes of 7ision !8!. 9ur goal as a Government is to ma(e %enya, and, 1airo$i in particular, a medical hu$ where patients from within and outside our $orders can get high +uality and afforda$le medical treatment.