President Uhuru Kenyatta revealed that Kenya has set aside 30 acres of land adjacent to KUTRRH for the World Health Organization to set up an emergency hub.
Speaking during the launch of the Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research (KUTRRH) Level 6 Hospital’s catheterization laboratory in Kiambu County on Saturday, the furious President also warned individuals against the plan.
“We allocate land to WHO to set up an emergency hub here in Kenya then others come out claiming that its their land. This land belongs to Kenya! ‘Lakini, bado nimebaki na wiki tatu’ we shall deal with you swiftly and effectively! ‘tutaenda nyumbani na wao,” he said.
“We are here to break ground for WHO Africa regional operations and logistics hub which is a historic moment for our country. I express my sincere gratitude to WHO Director-General, Dr.Tedros Adhanom for choosing Kenya.” Said the head of state.
President Kenyatta further said that Kenya is ready to facilitate the commencement of the emergency operations hub with allocated 30 acres of land adjacent to KUTRRH. Kenya has also provided
WHO with rent free office space to accommodate the initial staff of 150 officers.
On his part, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said; “I have no doubt that
WHO personnel will not only enjoy working at the catheterization laboratory at KU, but they will also enjoy working in this country.”
Tedros Adhanom,WHO Director-General said; “The new hub at KUTRRH will bolster resilience and health security in Kenya and across the continent. We will be able to coordinate emergency response and organize delivery of life saving medical supplies to where they are needed.
“I’m grateful to president Kenyatta and the government of Kenya for your leadership, generosity and vision in supporting the emergency hub for the people of Kenya and Africa at large. Asante sana.”
The project has been termed as a boost for health development in Kenya and regionally.