Three more medical colleges opened to create more opportunities for training
As part of efforts to create more opportunities for training, KMTC has opened three new constituent colleges at three counties in Kenya.
The new colleges - Bomet, Vihiga and Migori MTCs - are named after the counties where they are located, and become KMTC's 34th, 35th and 36th constituent colleges respectively.
They are all offering diploma in community health nursing, as they work on plans to introduce other courses.
The creation of the three additional colleges brings to 36 the total number of KMTC constituent colleges across the country, distributed in 29 out of 47 counties.
Plans are at an advanced stage to open Makueni and Kitale MTCs in Makueni and Trans Nzoia counties respectively in March 2013, bringing the tally of KMTC colleges to 38. If Othaya MTC, which the Kenya Government is supporting, is opened as planned, the colleges will be 39.
The five colleges - Bomet, Vihiga, Migori, Kitale and Makueni - have been built through the support of respective county governments.
The three new colleges come hot on the heels of two other colleges created in the last two years. They are Nyamira and Bungoma in Nyamira and Bungoma respectively.
To make them more autonomous and offer better services to Kenyans, two colleges were recently curved from existing colleges. Manza MTC, was split from Machakos MTC, as Lake Victoria was separated from the large Kisumu MTC.
The creation of new colleges is in line with the new KMTC Strategic Plan 2012-2017, which has made deliberate efforts to work with the county government to improve the health of Kenyans, and has envisaged that every county will have an MTC by 2017.
In the last four years, KMTC has seen the number of colleges grow from 28 to 36 and the student population rise from 14,000 to more than 21,000, thanks to the strategies put in place to expand the college.
KMTC admits about 25 per cent of qualified applicants, an increase from 12 percent four years ago.