Patients going for Positron Emission Tomography (PET) CT scans at the Aga Khan University Hospital will have their costs covered fully by the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF).
This is the first service of the kind in the East and Central Africa region, where most patients to India, Turkey, the US and South Africa for such scans.
Cost for the service is set at Ksh69,500, down from Ksh100,000, which was introduced last week in the hospital.
“We originally thought the cost would go to Ksh100,000. We could not go any lower than Ksh69,500 and this is much better than what it would cost to have it done in America or even South Africa,” said Sudhir Vinayak, chair of the Department of Radiology.
Patients will be able to seek medication from other hospitals after the scan from the Aga Khan Hospital machine, which Vinayak says can study the body in an extraordinary detail.
“This is not an Aga Khan Hospital only machine, it is for the entire country and we have also done scans for patients who travelled from Rwanda and Burundi who sought treatment elsewhere,” he said.
So far, the machine has conducted 15 scans and has the capacity to do up to 36 a day.
Its services will be offered as an outpatient procedure unless the patient is already admitted to the hospital.