Kenyatta National Hospital management could not hide their joy after KRA visited the lead referral hospital in Kenya last Tuesday for a groundbreaking ceremony of a paediatric playground.
Speaking at the ceremony, KRA Board Chairman, Dr Edward Sambili said the construction of the playground is part of the corporate social responsibility initiatives in this year's Taxpayers' Month. He observed that the initiative is KRA's way of promoting the wellbeing of children and supporting their dreams of becoming future leaders.
Dr Sambili noted that CSR initiatives are among the various avenues KRA is using to reach out to the taxpayers and the society at large to promote voluntary compliance.
Our mission and vision are anchored on the need to come up with facilitative ways which will promote voluntary compliance in tax matters, Dr Sambili said. Over the years, KRA has been on a transformation journey from an enforcement agency to one that builds the trust of taxpayers through facilitation, hence promoting voluntary tax compliance,he added. Mr Sambili further reiterated the Board?s commitment in supporting such initiatives under the Taxpayers' Month. He said this gives KRA an opportunity to communicate what it stands for in terms of core values, mission and vision.
The chairman was accompanied by Board directors Ms Constantine Kandie, Ms Rose Waruhiu, Mr Paul Icharia, Commissioner for Legal Services and Board Coordination Ms Wairimu Ng'ang'a and Marketing and Communication Deputy Commissioner Ms Grace Wandera among others.
In his statement read by Commissioner Ng'ang'a, Commissioner General Mr John Njiraini noted that good health is a critical agenda in the sustainable development goals, hence KRA's focus in the sector during this year's Taxpayers' Month.
This year, KRA made a deliberate decision to participate in the bettering of the health sector through CSR initiatives during the Taxpayers' Month. Health occupies a central place in our development agenda as enshrined in our national blueprint for economic development and social progress - Vision 2030, the CG said in the statement.Good health and wellbeing is one of the vital cogs that make a country's socioeconomic engine functional. Quality health for our children is therefore paramount if this is to be achieved. Therefore, this playground will not only be of great benefit to KNH, but also to the wellbeing of these young citizens.
KNH Board Chairman Mr Mark Kipkemoi expressed the board?s gratitude to KRA for giving back to the society through the construction of the playground. We are very grateful for this gesture of venturing into our sector. Most agencies and organisations shy away from when it comes to giving back to the society,Mr Kipkemoi remarked.
KNH Chief Executive Officer Ms Lily Koros said among the many patients the hospital receives on a daily basis are children whose average number is about 600 to 800. She noted that the playground will, to a large extent, address some of the challenges the hospital has been facing in taking care of the children.
We are very grateful to KRA for visiting us in this special way. This playground will go a long way in improving the treatment and the wellbeing of the ailing children,Ms Koros said. One unique thing about children is that they are able to express themselves when they are playing and from this we can note and monitor their recovery with much ease, she added. Ms Koros further noted that KRA's the gesture will not only touch the KNH fraternity, but also the society at large.
KRA is also set to construct five hand-washing tills in Level Five hospitals across the remaining five regions.