Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi announced that it has
invested more than KES 600 million to become the first hospital
in the region to introduce a state-of-the-art technology that
will improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, heart
disease and other diseases.
The Positron Emission Tomography-Computed Tomography (PET-CT)
scanner and Cyclotron is the first such scanner in East and
It enables physicians to study the body in extraordinary detail,
allowing them to diagnose diseases early and plan the most
effective course of treatment.
First Lady of the Republic of Kenya, Her Excellency Margaret
Kenyatta, was Chief Guest at a ceremony inaugurating the PET-CT
scanner. Also in attendance were Dr Jackson Kioko, Director of
Medical Services, Ministry of Health, and other dignitaries.
“The launch of PET-CT scanner services could hardly be
timelier,” said Shawn Bolouki, Chief Executive Officer of the
Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi.
“Cancer, heart disease and other non-communicable diseases now
account for nearly three in 10 deaths in Kenya, according to the
World Health Organization. The PET-CT scanner is a life-saving
tool in the fight against these deadly diseases.”
The National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) has committed to
cover the full cost of PET-CT services at the Aga Khan
University Hospital, a reprieve for cancer patients, who are
often burdened by the high cost of treatment. In addition, the
arrival of the scanner means patients will no longer have to
incur the travel costs associated with leaving the region to
access this advanced technology.
Firoz Rasul, President of the Aga Khan University, said the
addition of PET-CT services is part of the University’s
commitment to expanding access to high-quality health care by
introducing new technologies, educating skilled health
professionals and conducting innovative research.
“Our vision emphasises excellence, because the quality of care
determines whether a patient is correctly diagnosed and treated,
or continues to suffer,” President Rasul said.
“And it emphasises broad access because every life is valuable,
and a healthy population is more productive, resilient and
More than 40 percent of heart and cancer patients at the Aga
Khan University Hospital receive financial assistance from the
Hospital’s Patient Welfare Programme, which helps make treatment
affordable for qualifying patients.
The programme is supported by individual and institutional
donors, as well as Hospital revenues.
Mr Bolouki thanked GE Healthcare for partnering with the Aga
Khan University Hospital to hold a symposium on Thursday that
drew 250 health professionals to learn more about PET-CT’s role
in diagnosis and treatment.
The PET-CT scanner will also be used in the diagnosis and
management of neurological conditions such as dementia and
The service will be offered as an outpatient procedure unless
the patient is already admitted to the hospital.
President Rasul noted that the Aga Khan University is making a
number of other significant health care-related investments in
Kenya and beyond.
In Nairobi, it is building a 13-story University Centre to
provide faculty and students with advanced resources for
learning and research; establishing a Centre for Cancer Research
and Department of Oncology; and plans to construct a Children’s
Specialty Wing to provide specialised paediatric care.
In addition, it will build a new Aga Khan University Hospital in