By The COAST Reporter
The Pakistani community in Kenya is planning to construct an ultra-modern 200-bed-capacity hospital in Isiolo County, the Overseas Pakistanis Global Foundation Africa has said.
The construction of the Sh1.5 billion (USD 15 million) hospital is expected to begin in April this year.
Dr Harun Said, the chairperson of the Star of Hope Association of Kenya, said the facility will be a game changer in the health sector in Isiolo region.
“Once the project is completed, it will benefit so many people in that region because of the sorry state of the health infrastructure in Isiolo currently,” he added.
Last week, the Pakistan High Commissioner to Kenya, Saqlain Syedah, attended an event organized by the Overseas Pakistanis Global Foundation Africa in Mombasa County.
During the event, the Pakistan Community donated an ambulance to Star of Hope Association of Kenya.
The ambulance is part of the 25 that will be given to marginalized communities within the East African countries, said the High Commissioner.
“Some 17 ambulances have already been purchased and some have already been donated to the marginalized communities within East Africa,” he said.
Kenya will have at least 12 ambulances while the rest will be distributed to other countries.
The envoy said Kenya is among the biggest importers of Pakistani’s rice, whereas their nation is the largest importer of Kenyan tea. Pakistan imports 41 per cent of the product.
“Despite the effects of Covid-19 ravaging the world and affecting business, the Kenya-Pakistan trade grew by 1.5 per cent last year,” said Syedah.
During the Covid-19 pandemic period, the Overseas Pakistanis Global Foundation Africa distributed 430 metric tons of food in Isiolo, Marsabit and Meru Counties. They also organized several medical camps across those counties.