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Ru Neema, best missionary hospital in Nairobi County

Founder Morino: "Health must be a right for poor people"

27-08-2019 by redazione

Ruaraka Uhai Neema Hospital, run by the NGO World Friends, has been recognized as the best missionary hospital by the Department of Health of Nairobi County, an independent Kenyan government body. It has received first prize for many of the social and health services it provides to the local population, particularly those living in the slums of Nairobi's North-East area who do not have the money to pay for the costs required by the private hospitals serving the city. In particular, he has distinguished himself for the high quality of some of his services: for the Maternity and Safe Birth Department, for the Control of Hospital Infections, for the Emergency and First Aid area, for the Ambulance service and for the Mortuary/Hospital service. After being able to obtain in 5 years the Fifth (and highest) Level of Quality of Health and Care from the SafeCare System, which certifies the recognition of precise quality standards of hospitals in Kenya, the Neema Hospital has received yet another confirmation of the great work done in recent years by all its staff. This award is the proof of the constant commitment to improve the quality of services that the hospital can offer to ensure low cost and quality care to the most disadvantaged sections of the population living in slums.
"Nairobi is the city of inequalities, there are excellent private hospitals, but you can only get there by paying a deposit. The problem is ethical: the poorest are not treated because they do not have money and therefore do not have the right to health," says Dr. Gianfranco Morino, a doctor from Acqui Terme in Piedmont for 33 years in Africa and one of the founders of the hospital.
The hospital is also a training centre for Kenyan doctors, recognized as a Centre for Professional Development (CPD) and Permanent Medical Training by the Medical Board of Kenya. It now has more than 140,000,000 patients a year and provides an increasing number of medical and health services and an increasingly high quality of care. It currently consists of several departments: a general outpatient clinic, specialist outpatient clinics, an emergency room, maternity and paediatrics departments, laboratories, a pharmacy, physiotherapy and radiology services, general surgery, paediatric surgery, orthopedic-corrective and obstetrical-gynecological services and health and nutritional education services. From this year, the hospital has been further expanded with a new building in which were recently opened specialist clinics of ophthalmology, otorhinolaryngology, senology, dermatology and electroencephalography. In addition to all the medical services made available inside the hospital, many of the medical services are provided directly on the territory, through Medical Camps where a medical team provides free visits and care and possible reference to the hospital to the poorest patients of the slums.

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