KENYA – Equity Afia, which is under the Equity Group Foundation has expanded its clinic network to nine in its expansion of healthcare centres across the 47 counties the latest one being opened in Kahawa West, Nairobi County, reports Business Daily.

The clinics are a network of franchised medical outpatient centres run by doctors who provide affordable and accessible healthcare to Kenyans.

“The health facilities 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.

The facilities have laboratories, pharmacies, doctor’s consultation, nursing care services and well-baby clinic, dental and optical services as well as specialist services.

So far, Equity Afia has clinics in Ongata Rongai, Thika, Buruburu, Kayole, Kawangware, Ruiru, Nyeri, Nakuru and the new on in Kahawa West.

The foundation has indicated plans to open more than 1, 000 Equity Afia centres in the next five years.

The push for a presence in the counties comes as Kenya face a shortage of doctors with specialised skills in far-flung hospitals, forcing patients to pay to travel to the capital Nairobi.

Equity Afia is a group of medical providers who have come together as a network of medical providers with the aim of providing high quality, affordable and accessible healthcare to most Kenyans.

Equity Afia was formed to respond to the growing need of affordable quality healthcare for all Kenyans. It has also provided a platform for alumni of the Equity Africa Leaders Program and Wings to Fly scholars who were qualified health professionals to use their health expertise to transform lives and livelihoods of Kenyans through offering affordable quality and accessible health care.

Equity Afia facilities offer high quality and affordable health care. They believe health promotion is a partnership between the clinician and the patient that works best when there is good communication between the two parties. Their facilities are open to all Kenyans regardless of socioeconomic status and background care is provided for the whole family.

They manage both curative and preventative health care services and are now increasingly emphasizing on preventive care services.

Equity Afia offers comprehensive outpatient care for the whole family. Their services include consultation by their doctors, a wide range of outpatient procedures and a modern laboratory tests and well-stocked in-house pharmacies.