GE to Launch World-Class Healthcare Training Institute in Nairobi
Friday, July 24, 2015
General Electric Company has announced it is at an advanced stage to launch the first-of-its-kind in Africa institute dedicated to training healthcare specialists and technicians. The GE Healthcare Skills and Training Institute will be located in Karen, Nairobi and is set to open its doors to practicing healthcare professionals and graduate students towards the end on 2015.
The institute, which will provide training to radiographers, technicians and radiologists, is part of GE’s partnership with the Ministry of Health to provide capacity building in Kenya and across East Africa, with the multinational committing $13 million over the next 10 years.
“Investing in the training and education of healthcare professionals to strengthen capacity is one of the greatest enablers for sustainable healthcare development. As a major force for change, we aim to increase access to localized education, training and skills development programs for more healthcare workers across Africa,” said Farid Fezoua, President & CEO of GE Healthcare Africa.
In February this year, the government signed a Sh38B per year leasing agreement with GE, Philips and three other manufacturers from Italy, India and China, to supply and service medical equipment in all the 47 counties.