Kenyan Billionaire businessman, Dr Manu Chandaria has donated 100 million shillings ($1.16 million) to Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital to improve the intensive care and diagnostic services at the hospital.

The philanthropist, who made the donation through his charity organization, Chandaria Foundation said the donation will be used to fund the construction and installation of equipment in an ultra-modern facility which would be named ‘The Chandaria Medical Centre.’

According to Standard media, the new facility will be built on four floors, accommodate a surgical ward with adequate provision for outpatient clinics, an improved 10-bed intensive care unit (ICU), a modern diagnostic centre, an ultra modern X-ray facility and CT Scan theatre.

Chandaria disclosed on Tuesday at the hospital that Gertrude was the only children specialist hospital in East and Central Africa, stressing that children need top quality healthcare from professionals ranging from surgeons, physicians to paediatricians.

“For Kenya to reach MDGs by 2015, we have to invest in healthcare. Every year we must be able to give something to improve the health of our people,” Chandaria said.

The Chandaria Medical Centre is expected to be operational by the end of the next quarter.

Hailed as one of Kenya’s leading industrialists, Dr Manu Chandaria is the Chairman and CEO of Comcraft Group of Companies, a billion dollar enterprise that has a presence in over 40 countries.

He is also a board member of several prominent East African companies and a noted philanthropist.In 2003, Chandaria was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II.


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