Fred Hollows foundation donates equipment
The Fred Hollows Foundation (FHF) yesterday presented to KMTC Director Peter K. Tum equipment worth Kshs 589,000 to help in training of eye care for the country. The donation is an addition to more than Kshs 10.7 million worth of equipment FHF donated to the College in 2014/2015 financial year.
Thanking FHF for choosing to work with KMTC to advance the health care in the country, the Director said KMTC would be more proactive in engaging development partners. “KMTC has capacity to change the landscape of eye care service in the country,” he said and commended FHF for extending the partnership for five more years.
Board Vice Chairman Eng. Muthoga said the impact of the partnership “is being felt throughout the country.”
In the extended agreement, FHF’s senior programmes manager Carmichael Nduri said FHF would extend its support to include nursing and optometry, cadres in KMTC that also train in eye care. Previously, only Clinical Medicine received FHF support.
“The more people in a nation see, the more they improve the economy as they work,” KMTC Nairobi Campus Principal Mr Richard Kolute said.
A development organization, FHF – which Deputy Registrar (Research) Mr. Mathew Kipturgo termed “a very unique development partner” – works in more than 25 countries to train and empower eye doctors, nurses and health workers to create a sustainable system of eye care in the communities.
KMTC training coordinator Dr. Lydia Manyara lauded the initiative, saying it has put in place all aspects required to support training in the three departments.