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City hospitals targeted for Sh1 billion expansion works

Two of Nairobi’s largest hospitals are targeted for a major expansion that will cost the county government over Sh1 billion.

The county government has advertised a tender for the expansion of Pumwani Maternity Hospital and the Mbagathi Level Four Hospital.

A school of midwifery will be established at the Pumwani hospital at a cost of Sh1.2 billion.

The winning bidder will set up six theatres, a 200-bed capacity block, an intensive care unit, a laboratory, a diagnostic centre and student quarters.

The expansion is expected to increase student enrolment, the capacity and number of lecture halls to meet the requirements of the Nursing Council of Kenya.

The hospital will also be equipped to offer additional services besides obstetric and neonatal services it currently offers.


Further, the existing structures at the Mbagathi hospital will be demolished and a new 250-bed capacity facility constructed, according to the tender advertised on Thursday.

The county has also invited interested contractors for pre-qualification. The prequalified firms will then be asked to submit quotations and financial proposals to the county government.

The cash-strapped City Hall is adopting the Turnkey financing model for capital projects as Dr Evans Kidero’s government seeks to jumpstart service delivery.

Under the model, the developers will be engaged on a five-year contract to finance the infrastructure and equipment and the parties will agree on a repayment plan.

The county government will pay an initial deposit of the contract sum to the contractor, who will be expected to complete the job and receive the balance of its payment in instalments over a period of five years after construction.

The contractor will be responsible for any sub-contractors or sub-vendors involved. The design of the work has been done and the contractor will be expected to adopt it.