President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday held talks with officials from the University of Manchester and Christie NHS Foundation at State House, Nairobi. The head of state promised to strengthen the economy as well as health ties between Kenya and the two bodies. 

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The President said that the two will collaborate with Kenyatta University Teaching Research and Referral Hospital (KUTRRH) to transform the lives of Kenyans through the development of mechanisms to deal with non-communicable diseases. 

The head of state said that emphasis will be given to cancer among other diseases. The new partnership will see the government establishing a cancer centre at the KUTRRH.

“Our desire is not only to make Kenyatta University a Centre for Research and Treatment but also to reduce the costs in treatment of non-communicable diseases,” Uhuru said.

The President reiterated that his government is dedicated towards provision of better health care to millions of Kenyans. He noted that the government has done its best but lacks the capacity to train people as well as provide adequate services.

“We are building hospitals but we don’t have the capacity that’s why we seek collaboration in training our people and build their capacity to provide adequate services to our people up to the grassroots," Uhuru added.