Nairobi apart from being the capital of Kenya is also the major center for economic and cultural activity for the country, as well as East Africa. As expected the Nairobi attracts a lot of tourists as the starting point for safaris and other travel throughout East Africa. Fortunately, the city has a large number of healthcare centers that provide medical services to the Kenyan population and the tourists visiting it. This article lists some of the best hospitals that can be trusted to serve you if you fall ill or have an accident in Nairobi.
The Nairobi Hospital
is an up to date diagnostic and treatment center known throughout East Africa for its world class service to the public. The hospital was founded in 1954. It has an emergency center that delivers care on par with international standards. Other amenities at the hospital include highly a sophisticated diagnostic laboratory, a physical medicine center, ambulatory surgery and medical advisory services. The hospital runs a host of clinics throughout the week that cater to different medical needs. These include Family Health Clinic, Child Welfare Clinic, Clinic for the Elderly, Chemotherapy Center, Diabetes Clinic, Travel and Immunization Clinic, Breast Health Clinic and Chest Clinic. The Hospital is located on Argwings Kodhek Road, Nairobi.
The Kenyatta National Hospital at Nairobi
was established in 1901 and called the Native Civil Hospital. It was renamed in honor of Jomo Kenyatta after the country gained independence from the British. Now it is the oldest and the largest hospital in the country. The hospital also serves as a National Referral and Teaching hospital.The hospital provides facilities for cancer treatment, physiotherapy, nutrition, public health, dentistry, dermatology, ophthalmology, pediatrics, obstetrics, orthopedics and surgery. The emergency department at the hospital offers services 24 hours a day.
The Aga Khan Health Services
operates hospitals in various locations throughout Asia and Africa. This non-profit group dedicates itself to providing sophisticated and modern health services in developing countries. The Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) in Nairobi is part of this group and established in 1958. The Accident and Emergency Center at the hospital is functional 24 hours and is equipped to handle heart problems and trauma, as well as cases of malaria and infectious diseases. Other facilities at the hospital include an intensive care unit, maternity services, ambulance services, diagnostic laboratory, Lamaze classes, ear, nose and throat surgery, general surgery, oncology, orthopedics, urology, ophthalmology and gynecology. AKUH provides consistent and advanced care to its patients.
Karen Hospital at Langata Road, Nairobi
was founded by Dr. Dan and Betty Gikonyo in alliance with their two close friends. Karen Hospital aims to revolutionize the level of healthcare services available in Kenya and Africa. It is a fully equipped hospital that furnishes comprehensive quality services which include gastroenterology, neurology, pediatrics, internal medicine and a chest clinic. It also delivers an HIV/AIDS treatment program, along with dental services, diabetes care, physiotherapy and nutritional advice. The emergency department at the hospital is operational round the clock.
The Mater Hospital
was initiated by the Sisters of Mercy from Ireland and is dedicated to providing outstanding healthcare to the less privileged in Kenya. Established in 1962, Mater Hospital has an emergency unit that is recognized to be amongst the best throughout East and Central Africa. It has units specializing in treatment of industrial accidents, gunshot wounds, disaster care, tropical diseases, poisons, and more. The hospital has a host of other facilities featuring ambulance services, a 24 hour laboratory, an intensive care unit and sophisticated operating rooms.
The Coptic Hospital at Nairobi
belongs to the Coptic Orthodox Church and aims to provide high quality medical care at affordable prices. The treatment facilities found at the hospital include maternity services, pediatric care, a diagnostic laboratory, 24 hour casualty and ambulance services. It also has special TB and HIV programs, dental clinic and facilities for minor and major laparoscopic procedure.