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top 10 best public hospitals in kenya

Last updated on July 19th, 2023 at 12:01 pm

There are a number of top 10 best public hospitals in Kenya but the list may not be exhaustive since the government is in the process of developing additional facilities. However, this list gives you a good idea of the top and best public hospitals currently. A number of them are referral teaching and research facilities too.

best public hospitals in kenya

1. Kenyatta National Hospital


In 2016 Kenyatta National Hospital was all the rage for good reason. After 11 o’clock, the twins connected to the back can start a new life. Doctors performed a complex procedure on both girls, and it was successful. But what do you know about this hospital? Well, relax, we are giving you more information.

Kenyatta Hospital is one of the oldest hospitals in Kenya, established in 1901.

It is a free public hospital in Kenya that offers a wide range of services.

The hospital was named after King George VI of England.

After independence, the hospital was renamed in honor of the founding father, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. Currently, the hospital is a teaching and intervention hospital in the country.

Today, the hospital has:

  • Capacity of 50 patients
  • 22 outpatient clinics
  • 8 ambulatory blocks and 16 special blocks
  • 21 Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

The hospital has a well-equipped emergency and emergency department that accepts patients in emergency situations. It is where you will find the best doctors in all fields of medicine.

Critically ill patients are referred to Kenyatta National Hospital for specialist treatment.

2. Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital


Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital comes second on our list. It is located in the Uasin Gishu district (310 kilometers northwest of Nairobi). The hospital began operations in 1916 to provide medical services to Africans.

Initially, the hospital had only 16 beds.

Despite humble beginnings, the hospital has grown tremendously from an indigenous field hospital to one of the largest public hospitals in the country. The hospital was granted full referral hospital status by Presidential Decree No. 98 of June 12, 1998. Corporate Law (Cap 446).

Today, the hospital has a bed capacity of 991 patients, an average of 1200 patients at all times and 1500 patients per day.

Like Kenyatta National Hospital, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital provides a platform for undergraduate and master students of Moi University College of Health specializing in health programs.

Here are the special services offered by Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital:

  • Department of Oncology
  • Intensive care unit (ICU) services.
  • Kidney transplant
  • Alcohol and drug rehabilitation services
  • Spinal cord and neurosurgery
  • Cardiology and cardiothoracic work
  • open heart surgery
  • Corneal changes in arthroscopic surgery (shoulder and knee)

3. Kenyatta University Teaching, Research and Research Hospital (KUTRRH)


The hospital is located on the north side of the road near Kahawa West. It is registered under Regulation 4 of the Crown Institutions Act, Cap 446 of January 25, 2019, as a Tier 6 Tertiary hospital.

The hospital offers specialized referral services in:

  • Accidents and emergencies
  • Oncology
  • Birth and trauma
  • Orthopedics. In terms of capacity, the hospital has 650 beds and modern facilities. Professor Olive Mugenda is the president of the hospital.

4. Mathari National Teaching and Referral Hospital


Can’t talk about mental health without mentioning Mathari National Teaching & Referral Hospital. The hospital is located along the Nairobi-Thika highway. It has a capacity of 700 patients.

The hospital was established by the colonial authorities in 1901. Until 1963 all doctors and nurses were European, but this has changed over time.

Today, Mathari Hospital is where you get all the services related to psychiatry. Hospitals accept patients with mental disorders at affordable rates.

5. Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital


Mama Lucy Kibaki is a local hospital opened by Dr. Mwai Kibaki. It is located along Spine Road in Umoja 3 estate of Nairobi Hospital, Kenya.

The hospital is one of the government’s efforts to meet the urgent health care needs of its citizens. Mama Lucy Kibaki continues to expand her career.

Today, the hospital treats residents of the eastern region and all citizens regardless of their region. Like other public hospitals, Mama Lucy Kibaki aims to reduce maternal mortality, infant mortality, under-five mortality and fatal diseases in Kenya, such as HIV/AIDS.

6. Mbagathi Hospital


This hospital provides many services to citizens. Currently, this hospital treats about one million Kenyans.

Mbagathi Hospital strives to provide exceptional services to its patients at an affordable cost. You cannot compare this hospital with other level 5 hospitals. Here are the services you get from this hospital:

  • Emergency/emergency and emergency services
  • Clinical services include: Male: Medical and Surgical, Female: Medical, Surgical, and Gynecology, and Child: Medical, Surgical, and Premature.
    The lab offers services such as; Hematology, Microbiology and Parasitology, Histology and Cytology, Clinical Chemistry and Special Chemistry
    Mbagathi Hospital also supports:
  • Disability assessment services (physical, visual and hearing)
  • Health reports for legal and compliance purposes


7. Pumwani Maternity Hospital


Pumwani Maternity is well known for providing exceptional healthcare services in Sub-Saharan Africa. It started as a charity in 1926. Today, the clinic is the leading obstetrics and gynecology clinic in the country.

Pumwani Maternity Hospital has a capacity of 354 beds, 144 beds, 3 theaters and high fidelity units. Because of its reputation, the hospital has a training center for nursing and midwifery students.

8. Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital


This hospital has been around for over a hundred years. The hospital serves 10 counties in the western region. The main objective of JOOTRH is to provide curative, preventive, promotion and rehabilitation health services.

Currently, the hospital has a total of 880 employees: which consists of 492 full-time employees, 107 partners, 140 casual employees and 141 jobs from outside. The clinic offers students the opportunity to further explore the world of medicine.

9. Coast Provincial General Hospital


It is one of the largest hospitals in the coastal region serving the coast region. The hospital contributes greatly to achieving national health goals. Coast General Hospital achieves this by providing exceptional healthcare, research and education. Here are some of the services you can get at this clinic:

The inpatient department includes 10 general wards, 3 maternity wards, ICU/HDU and soon a private wing with 12 beds will be opened.
Car services are counseling, basic – men and women, specialists – children, medical and surgical.

Obstetrics/Gynecology, Otorhinolaryngology (ENT), Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Psychiatry, Cardiothoracic, Oncology.

10. Nyeri County Referral Hospital


Nyeri County Referral Hospital, formerly known as Provincial General Hospital, is one of the leading hospitals in Kenya. The hospital started as a military installation, and has now expanded its operations to serve 10 districts in the region. It can sleep 270 in 50 beds. These are the services offered at Nyeri County Referral Hospital:

  • Ambulatory and emergency
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Children’s medicine
  • Ophthalmology
  • Maternal and child health
  • Comprehensive Care (HIV) Clinic
  • Kidney stones
  • Ear, Nose and Throat
  • Laboratory work
  • Pharmacy
  • Research and imaging services
  • Physiotherapy
  • Orthopedics
    These are the top 10 public hospitals in Kenya. They offer exceptional service at affordable prices. Kudos to the Kenyan government who are always working to improve these hospital facilities. There is something else to do. The government sees building affordable public hospitals in Kenya as a priority to meet the needs of the people.

FAQs on public hospitals in Kenya


Q: What services do public hospitals in Kenya offer?


A: The hospital offers a wide range of services including clinical services, nursing services, maternal and child health care, comprehensive hospital (HIV), renal care, dental care, otolaryngology, laboratory, physiotherapy and orthopedic. maintenance.

Q: How are public hospital services in Kenya charged?


A: The cost is cheap and most hospitals charge less than private hospitals. You can also use your NHIF card to pay for services.

Q: How reliable are the services provided by public hospitals in Kenya?

A: Hospitals are reliable and many provide excellent service. However, there is room for improvement and the government is working hard to improve the infrastructure of these hospitals.

Q: What should I do if I need urgent medical care and I am not in Nairobi?


A: You should go to the nearest public hospital. Hospitals are spread all over the country and you will be sure to find one near you.

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