By Argwings Owiti
The proposed hospital, to be established at KNH will be fully funded by a private investor on a Public Private Partnership model
The Government will develop a highly specialized health facility to bridge the health infrastructure gap by providing world class quality healthcare services to the citizens locally on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement.
The proposed facility, to be established at Kenyatta National Hospital, will be fully funded by a private investor on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model and in compliance with the Kenya Public Private Partnership (PPP) Act, 2013 and National PPP Regulations 2014.
Conceptualization of the idea for the massive facility has been driven by the spirit of widening availability of priority health services and enhancing access to quality medical care to Kenyans, as the government targets Universal Health Care for all by the year 2022.
The PPP funding model is expected to deliver an efficient and appropriate facility that enables capital to be attracted through private funding mechanism. The concept, therefore,
does not envisage use of public funds in the project.
The PPP Act governs projects undertaken as partnerships between a Contracting Authority and a private party, and within the proposed arrangement, KNH Board is the Contracting Authority and will provide land upon which the facility will be constructed.
The PPP Unit of the National Treasury is providing the required PPP expertise towards the realization of the project. Already, KNH and the PPP Unit have finalized plans to hold an Investors’ Conference in Nairobi on 30th October 2019 as part of the procurement process for the facility.
The private investor is expected to design, construct and equip the hospital including raising the required funds for its construction and thereafter, operate the hospital for the predefined concession period, collecting revenues and bearing operational costs and all commercial risks.