At the Mombasa workshop on expanding coverage, participants had the opportunity to participate in four site visits of Kenyan medical facilities, including one private and one public facility.
Touring Pandya Memorial Hospital, a not-for-profit private facility located on the coast of Mombasa, I was struck by the similar sets of issues faced here and many other hospitals – including our JLN member countries. These include quality, revenue generation, administrative logistics, and integration of information systems. The facility began in 1947 as a small clinic, comprising a maternity unit and surgical wing, and was the first private multiracial hospital in Kenya. It has since expanded to a 95-bed facility offering outpatient and casualty, laboratory, renal, maternal and child health services, among many others.
Our group had the opportunity to walk throughout various parts of the hospital, visiting the pharmacy, ICU, and general, children’s, and maternity wards.