Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital(JOOTRH) has been in existence for more than 100 years, having been established in the early 1900s to cater for the health needs of the workers at the then port town of Kisumu. Since then it has grown to become the referral hospital serving more than 100 district and sub-district hospitals in more than 10 counties in the Western Kenya Region. Its main mandate is to provide curative, preventive, promotive and rehabilitative health services.

At independence, the government saw the need to expand the hospital, and it approached the government of the Soviet Union for assistance. Construction commenced in 1965, and the hospital was commissioned in 1969 as an extension of the existing district hospital, but catering mainly for inpatients.

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