SourceThis project is meant to replace the current MTRH which has outgrown its capacity at a cost of KES 28 billion.
The new structure will have 2,000 beds and an international centre for medical research and tourism. CEO Wilson Aruasa on Tuesday said the project will take up to 200 acres of land at Kiplombe.
"There should be no fears that the project has stalled because we have been planning. Construction will kick off early next year," he said.
"The project is behind schedule due to a long-standing legal battle between MTRH and the Kenya Prison Service over ownership of the land set aside for the project." He said the government has given Sh200 million for the first phase.
The dispute was resolved after the National Land Commission permitted use of the property for the project. It will be hived off the 618 acres belonging to Eldoret GK prison land on the outskirts of Eldoret town, near the airstrip.
"The site has already been surveyed and demarcated and contractors are in the process of planning how to implement the project," he said. The CEO said the new referral facility will de-congest MTRH which caters for patients from Western and Nyanza regions. It will also have a dialysis unit for children.
After completion, the current hospital will be handed over to Uasin Gishu county which does not have a proper referral facility.
Aruasa spoke during the unveiling of a Sh3 million kidney unit at MTRH, following a revamp by Kenya Revenue Authority under its corporate social responsibility programme. KRA board member Rose Waruhiu and the authority's North Rift regional coordinator Florence Otory attended the function. Waruhiu said their CSR focuses on health across the country to ensure quality at all hospitals.