By Edna Mwende,
Residents in Kahawa West will now have access to affordable healthcare thanks to the launch of Equity Bank’s ninth Afia clinic in the area.
The Equity Afia clinics provide affordable and accessible healthcare to Kenyans by implementing a sustainable, integrated health model under a franchise network that oversees a group of clinical entrepreneurs providing standardized and quality healthcare throughout the country. Some of the facilities available in the clinics include: laboratories, pharmacies, doctor’s consultation, nursing care services and well-baby clinic, dental and optical services as well as specialist services.
“The Equity Afia clinics are focused on the well-being of communities with an aim of extending affordable medical services to all, without people having to dig deeper into their pockets,” said Equity Group Foundation executive director Reuben Mbindu as quoted by the Business Daily.
All the Equity Afia facilities are NHIF (National Hospital Insurance Fund) accredited, which will also make it easier for Kenyans to access affordable healthcare.
The foundation has indicated plans to open more than 1,000 Equity Afia centres in the next five years. The push by Equity to set up more clinics locally comes amid a shortage of doctors with specialized skills and a lack of proper equipment in most remote hospitals. This has forced many ailing Kenyans to travel all the way to the Capital in order to receive specialized treatment.
So far, Equity Afia has operational clinics in Ongata Rongai, Thika, Buruburu, Kayole, Kawangware, Ruiru, Nyeri, Nakuru and Kahawa West. Equity Bank, similarly said that it is open to offering support services like financing and other support for practicing doctors interested in setting up such centers in their locales.