By Ben Oduor
General Electric, on Wednesday, opened a new USD13 million GE Healthcare skills and Training Institute to train healthcare professionals in Kenya.
The facility, which forms part of the company’s commitment to supporting sustainable healthcare, was officially opened in the presence of Dr. Cleopa Mailu, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for health. The facility is set to initially offer clinical applications and technical training courses for healthcare professionals in Kenya and East Africa.
Speaking at the launch, Dr Mailu said: “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, helping to reduce the skills gap, improve job prospects and build a solid national healthcare system.”
Farid Fezoua President and CEO, GE Healthcare Africa said the new facility will not only help to ensure that Kenya’s healthcare workforce receives critical training to optimize the full features and benefits of country’s newest healthcare equipment. “In the future, it will support the development of a pipeline of biomedical engineers, radiologists and technicians.”
Mr Fezoua also revealed that overtime, the facility will be expanded to offer leadership, biomedical and clinical education courses, through close partnership with the Ministry of Health, private healthcare providers and other education partners. The company has also promised to train over 10,000 healthcare professionals from across East Africa by the year 2020.
In conclusion, Mr Fezoua said that the commitment to building healthcare capacity will help to reduce the country’s skills gap, improve job prospects and build a solid national and healthcare system and private healthcare sector.