Big Four Agenda takes shape as Govt moves to put up 30,000 low cost houses in Nairobi
5 days ago, 11:12
The Government is set to launch construction of 30,000 low cost houses in Nairobi's Eastlands area, as the ‘Big Four’ agenda takes shape. The low cost project targets to putting up 5,000 houses in Shauri Moyo, 20,000 houses in Makongeni, 3,000 houses in Starehe and 2,000 units in Park Road estates. Construction of the Shauri Moyo, Makongeni and Starehe houses will kick off within six months while the breaking ground for the 2,000 units of affordable housing on Park Road will be within three months. Speaking today during a press briefing at State House, Nairobi, State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu, said the team leading the regeneration of Nairobi has given itself a timeline of six months to undertake the project. “We've already spoken to setting up of the Kenya Mortgage Refinance Company within the next month. But what will define a changing Nairobi will be the breaking of ground for three flagship projects as part of the President's Big Four agenda,” said the State House Spokesperson. On health, Mr. Esipisu said the team has given itself a timeline of six months to improve Mbagathi and Mama Lucy hospitals by putting up accident and emergency facilities to reduce pressure on Kenyatta National Hospital. The team would also oversee the upgrade of Mutuini Hospital to Level Four status as well as that of 10 other high-volume health centres. “Most of the pressure that Kenyatta National Hospital experiences is related to accident and emergency type issues, road accidents, boda-boda accidents, things like that so there are lots of cases of broken bones putting pressure on Kenyatta National Hospital,” said Mr. Esipisu. He said the President wants other hospitals equipped with specialized equipment and trained staff to deal with normal emergencies and accident cases instead of being referred to Kenyatta National Hospital. He pointed out that President Kenyatta recently made a private tour of Kenyatta National Hospital and ordered the release of 500 patients who had been detained because of payment issues. “The problem is that all those are related to real basic stuff like broken bones. Broken bones that would be fitted in a normal trauma centre and then patients would just go home if the trauma centre is working. And the President doesn’t want to see those cases being the norm,” said Mr. Esipisu. According to the State House Spokesperson, the regeneration of Nairobi team has also committed itself to ending traffic jams in the city by undertaking radical measures aimed at ensuring smooth traffic flow within the city. These measures include full car-free days for Westlands and the Central Business District, a traffic management committee, the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system which would be put in place as well as the automation of bus termini and improvement of non-motorised travel. He said the launch of the Bus Rapid Transport would be preceded by the availability of 39 buses and infrastructure improvement on Langata, Waiyaki Way, Mombasa Road, Jogoo Road and Juja roads. On the President’s Universal Health Coverage agenda, Mr. Esipisu said aggressive ...
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