KMTC holds its Fifth Bi-Annual Scientific Conference
KMTC held its fifth bi-annual scientific conference from 9th to 11th May, 2018 under the theme ‘Transformative Training and Research for Quality Health Care’
The sub themes were: Health Professional’s Education, Human Resource for Health, Translating Research into Practice, Health Care Technologies and Diagnostics, Public Health, Non-Communicable Diseases and Disability and Physical Rehabilitation.
Health PS Peter Tum was the Chief Guest during the event while Meru University of Science and Technology’s Alfred Mutema gave the key note address.
The PS noted that the Conference took place at a very critical moment, a period when the Government is focused on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) for all Kenyans. “It is certainly a special occasion to meet, to discuss, to listen, to share information and best practices, and to plan for the future training of health in this country and how that training will impact on universal health coverage for all Kenyans,” he added.
Mr. Tum commended KMTC for taking the lead to contribute to the growth of medical science with a view to improving the delivery of health services to Kenyans through effective and affordable training.
Prof. Mutema’s keynote address advocated for system thinking in the Kenyan health sector in order to serve the people more effectively. Systems thinking provides a deliberate and comprehensive array of tools and approaches to map, measure and understand the dynamics of the health system, enabling health practitioners to better anticipate how an intervention might affect the system.
He added that the partnership between medical training institutions and hospitals is critical as each needs the other in order to survive. Formalization of this relationship provides for good linkages and reciprocity also plays a key role in strengthening this relationship.
Prof. Mutema in his address further noted that “A Paradigm shift in the health sector has occurred in order to respond to health challenges. We can no longer remain the way we were. Changes have to occur to train professionals who are able to respond to emerging and re-emerging health challenges.”
KMTC Board Chairman Prof. Philip Kaloki and CEO Prof. Michael Kiptoo both urged participants to seek solutions to problems that plague the health sector to support the Government in achieving the goals of the UHC agenda.
Plenary presentations made during the conference include: Evaluation of learning in the training of health professionals: present and future by Prof. Alfred Mutema, Cytotoxicity and Anti-herpes activity of selected medicinal plants cited for management of HIV conditions in Kakamega County, Kenya by Radol A.O. et al, Human Resource training and development for Health; Currefnt and Future by Dr. Mollent Oketch, Current advances in Tech-diagnostics for Quality Health Care by Dr. Beatrice Mugi, Cholera as a public health issue by Dr. Willy Sang and maternal factors associated with stillbirths at Mwingi District Hospital by Sarah Chege.