Murang’a, Aga Khan deal to improve health

Murang'a governor Mwangi wa Iria after signing the MOU with Agha Khan CEO Shawn Bolouki at the Murang'a county government headquarters in Murang'a town.
Murang'a governor Mwangi wa Iria after signing the MOU with Agha Khan CEO Shawn Bolouki at the Murang'a county government headquarters in Murang'a town.

Murang’a county government has partnered with Agha Khan University to streamline health services.

The deal was signed by Governor Mwangi Wairia and Aga Khan CEO Shawn Bolouki. Medical students from the institution will also undergo medical training in health facilities in Murang’a county. Wairia said the partnership will improve health services and help the county set standards equivalent to the ones in Aga Khan hospitals.

“Medical students from the university will practice in our hospitals and in turn, we will have an exchange of ideas and expertise,” Wairia said. He said the county will send a team of doctors to Agha Khan hospitals to gain specialised skills and get exposure on medical services.

Representatives agreed to form a 10-member committee to draw a plan of action into the execution of the agreement.

The governor said Aga Khan offers quality medical services but is inaccessible to the poor due to the high charges. The agreement will help to decentralise services to the rural areas at an affordable price.

“Our aim as a county government is to offer the best health services to the poor and this partnership will make that possible,” Wairia said. He said the county will explore other areas of skills development for health workers on cancer treatment.

Bolouki said by signing the deal, the county has made it possible for Aga Khan institutions to implement one of its visions of capacity building. The CEO praised Wairia for collaborating with the Aga Khan University, saying the partnership will allow the institution get directly involved with the local community

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