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Nairobi governor aspirant Ngatia plans to digitize health services

by Joshua Wanga
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Nairobi Gubernatorial aspirant and Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) president Richard Ngatia has underscored the need to digitize public health services as a way to provide efficient health care to Nairobi residents and decongest the Kenyatta National Hospital.
Speaking today during the Kameme TV Morning show, the business tycoon who has established his business empire in bio medical engineering services said that Nairobi lacks leaders who have the expertise to make both business and healthcare thrive noting that as an expert in that area, he is best placed to propel the county into the future.
“We have been electing leaders who have no expertise in business and no expertise in health to the helm of the city county,” Ngatia said during the interview.
“This Ngatia who you are interviewing this morning is a successful expert in those areas,” he said.
Like fish to the lake, Ngatia expounded on how the model he is planning to implement in Nairobi should work noting that the solution in the provision of city healthcare services would be found by digitizing the entire process.
“We should make health care digital by having an application which will link the patient to hospitals, chemists and the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) at the same time,” the KNCCI boss said.
“We can have a system whereby, one does not have to physically go the a medical facility because when you go to consult a doctor say for instance suffering from a head ache, the doctor just listens to you and he can be able to diagnose you,” Ngatia noted.
“What I am planning to bring to Nairobi is mobile phone App whereby our hospitals can have cloud imaging services with the patients. With cloud imaging, the patioen is able to have a video conversation with the doctor who will be able to identify your problem and advice on either the prescription, or the next course of action which will include now the need to physically visit a health facility,” He said.
Ngatia, who is the Managing Director of Megascope Healthcare Limited, a major corporate player in the healthcare industry in Kenya is touted as one who understands the dynamics in Nairobi and knows what the county needs to be maintained as a business hub that has its healthcare systems working professionally.
Megascope is a key provider of healthcare equipment that specialises in leasing equipment for county governments in the business of supplies, installations, and training of personnel, commissions and maintenance of healthcare equipment.
At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, Megascope was at the front row in providing ventilator and other life saving machines to hospitals in Kenya and has been in the business of providing equipment and bio medical engineering services around the country.

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