The GE Healthcare Skills and Training Institute, an education facility for healthcare professionals that aims to train about 10 000 people by 2020, was inaugurated this week in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.
US-based General Electric (GE) said the project was part of its commitment to support sustainable healthcare development in Kenya and across East Africa.
Kenya is the continent’s fifth-largest economy, but its healthcare system remains inadequate and seems to have deteriorated much further in the last decade.
But reports from Nairobi said the newly opened training centre institute builds on the country’s ongoing US$420 million health modernisation programme. The new programme seems to demonstrate improved access to radiology services for patients and increased operational performance.
“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,” Dr Cleopa Mailu, Kenya’s cabinet secretary at health ministry said.
“It will also helps to reduce the skills gap, improve job prospects and build a solid national healthcare system.”
The centre will initially offer clinical applications and technical training courses for healthcare professionals in Kenya and East Africa.
It will over the longer-term be expanded to offer leadership, biomedical and clinical education courses, working with the ministry of health, private healthcare providers and other educational partners.
“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,” Farid Fezoua, President & CEO of GE Healthcare Africa, said.