Johnson & Johnson opened an office in Nairobi, Kenya that will cater for its operations and services within the East African region. This will help coordinate the company’s regional public health capacities and resources to deliver accessible, sustainable, measurable impact against significant public health needs in the region.
Through engagement of talented innovative minds, Johnson & Johnson aims to provide responsive, comprehensive care solutions to meet the evolving health issues that affect patients and healthcare providers. Issues targeted in Kenya are multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) and the increasing burden of chronic disease, as well as continuing focus on HIVand maternal, child, and newborn health.
The Principal Secretary ICT and Innovation Eng. Victor Kyalo opened the ceremony dubbed “The future of Healthcare in Kenya’. In his keynote speech, PS Kyalo underscored the importance of creation of ICT platforms in the health sector and that innovative ways such as e-training of nurses, community medical practitioners and health providers should be adapted and scaled up for effective delivery of health care.
“Coming up with patient centered health solutions the needs being felt by people locally and people friendly health insurance like the National Health Insurance Fund ( NHIF) will make healthcare affordable, accessible and sustainable” Eng. Kyalo said.
Kenya is an innovative country with an enabling environment for development. PS Eng. Kyalo stressed the government readiness to work with international brands such as Johnson & Johnson willing to invest in Kenya and work with the government, researchers, academia, community based organizations and entrepreneurs by taking up ICT’s to fast track development.
By Carol Sakwa, March 9th, 2017.