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We can make our own medical supplies, says Ruto

President William Ruto (with blue necktie), during the commissioning of the CyberKnife Centre.

President Ruto has today said that Kenya has immense potential to invest in the health sector, and manufacture its own medical supplies.

He regretted that local pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, or consumables, account for a paltry 20 per cent.

He said the Government will take measures to make Kenya the region’s pharmaceutical manufacturing hub for medical supplies.

“This will enhance access to affordable healthcare,” he explained.

The domestic market for pharmaceuticals and medical consumables is estimated at Sh110 Billion a year.

President Ruto spoke on Monday during the commissioning of the CyberKnife Centre at the Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital (KUTRRH), Kiambu County.

He said the Cyberknife, the second of its kind in the continent – only after Egypt, will revolutionise cancer treatment not only in Kenya but also in the region.

Prof Olive Mugenda, the Chairperson of Board of Directors of the facility, noted that the new medical technology is painless, less-invasive and low-risk.

President Ruto commended (KUTRRH) Kenyatta University Teaching and Referral Hospital for the milestone and pledged to support it further.

He said the Government will help in the completion of the stalled Children Hospital and Paediatric Cancer Wing.

“We will also construct a women hospital with a Breast Cancer Centre.”
The President further observed that his administration was keen on developing a network of specialised public referral institutions.

“These will provide advanced care that is driven by scientific research and technological innovation.”

Among leaders who accompanied the President were Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi, Chief Justice Martha Koome, Kiambu Governor Kimani Wamatangi, and Cabinet Secretary Susan Nakhumicha, among othes.

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