President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered the establishment of an ultra modern National mental hospital in Kenya.
Speaking during the State of the Nation address in Parliament on Thursday, the president also directed that the Mathare National Teaching and Referral hospital be updated to a semi autonomous specialized hospital.
Kenyatta said the move is meant to accommodate the phenomenal increase in mental illness across the country especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The new institution will be dubbed the East Africa Primer Mental Health facility.
He said the center will offer training, research in psychiatry, specialist psychiatry treatment, Child and adolescence mental wellness, drug abuse and addictive disorder treatment among other services.
During the same address, President Kenyatta also urged parliamentarians to prioritize the consideration of various seminal Bills that are pending before the Legislature.
This include the National Aviation Management Bill, which once enacted, will anchor the turnaround of the National carrier, Kenya Airways.