Nyandarua Governor H.E. Daniel Waithaka mwnagi and President of Schneider Children Hospital in Israel, Prof. Joseph Press sign an MoU for the construction of a paedriatic hospital in Ol’Kalou town. On the far left is Israeli Ambassador to Kenya H.E. Yahel Vilan.The multi-million shillings hospital will be the first of its kind in Mount Kenya region and will cater for children from over 20 counties. Next Israeli Ambassador to Kenya H.E. Yahel Vilan and his entourage lands in AC Primary School in Ol’Kalou town.
Israel’s largest children hospital has agreed to partner with Nyandarua County to put up the first ever paediatric hospital in this region, to be located in Ol’Kalou town.
This emerged after the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Nyandarua Governor, H.E. Daniel Waithaka Mwangi, and the President of Shneider Children Hospital, Prof. Joseph Press.
The event in Ol’Kalou town was witnessed by Israeli ambassador to Kenya, H.E. Yahel Vilan, the Speaker of Nyandarua County Assembly Hon. Wahome Ndegwa, several Members of the County Assembly, officials from the county government and other members of the Israeli delegation.
The MoU “concerns the collaboration in the area of technical support and human resource development in the health sector in the proposed development of the Nyandarua County Children’s Hospital.”
Schneider, one of the largest children hospitals in the world, undertakes over 8,000 open-heart surgeries per year and has some of the most experienced doctors in dealing with ailments that affect children.
Speaking outside his office before he conducted the delegation on a tour of the proposed site for the construction of the hospital, the governor said events leading to the signing of the MoU was a “dream come true.”
“We have travelled a long journey with our partners from Israel and have exchanged visits, but the events today mark a major development in the economic partnership between us,” he said.
Nyandarua leaders led by Governor H.E. Daniel Waithaka Mwangi and the Speaker Hon. Wahome Ndegwa with a delegation from Israel who visited the county on September 3, 2015.
When completed, the hospital will serve an estimated 20 other nearby counties.
A master plan for a water project for the county, he said, would enhance its competitiveness and ease the burden for mothers who trek long distances to carry the rare commodity on their hurting backs.
“Funds allocated in the budget for water projects in both the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 financial years are inadequate thus making it difficult to carry out any significant project for the people,” he observed.
Ambassador Vilan was equally pleased with the new development, declaring that Israelis were in “Nyandarua to stay.”
He said Israeli professionals will work with the leadership of Nyandarua in carrying out major projects in the areas of water, agriculture, health and infrastructure.
“We have resolved to work with Nyandarua and we expect this will be a model county in the development of water, health and agriculture,” declared the ambassador.
The ambassador also said that Israelis had major experience in harnessing water which they hoped to use for the benefit of the people of Nyandarua.
“I hear some people talk of dry areas in Kenya. I have not seen any such areas unless one has not visited our country and seen what we have done to generate water from the desert,” he said.
Hon. Wahome declared that the Assembly was solidly behind the executive in the implementation of development projects by partners from Israel.
“There are some people who don’t appreciate anything that is being done by others but we shall not allow them to derail these projects which are for public good,” he said.
Mr. Wahome said it was the height of hypocrisy for individuals serving in the county government to antagonize its leadership.
The delegation was later taken on a tour of tourist sites and overflew Lake Ol’bolosat before visiting Thomson’s Falls in Nyahururu town.
The event was attended by executive committee members who included Dr. Peter Kung’u (Health), Grace Gitonga (Water and energy), Agatha Thuo (Agriculture), Peter Gathimba (Tourism and Sports), Gitau Thabanja (Lands), Judy Mwangi (Co-operatives) and Peter Macharia (Education, Youth and culture).
The event was also graced by Nyandarua women groups and students from Shamata Girls High school and Gatimu Girls Secondary who entertained guests with songs and dance.
By Lucy muigai and GOVERNOR’S PRESS SERVICE