Partners commit to stronger ties to enhance Health Training
Acting KMTC Board Chairman Dr. Eng. David Muthoga and Isiolo County Governor Dr. Mohammed Kuti have signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen the partnership between the two institutions.
The collaboration will see Isiolo County Government and KMTC work closely to develop and expand KMTC Isiolo Campus to train more medical students within two years at a cost of Shs 600 million, said the Governor.
“We are happy to work with KMTC to train health professionals who will take care of the health of the people of Isiolo,” said the Governor, adding that the partnership is already bearing fruits as construction of six new classrooms, funded by the County Government, is already ongoing.
He urged the Health Ministry to allow Isiolo campus to offer certificate course in enrolled community nursing specifically for the County, which still faces a critical shortage of nurses as part of affirmative action.
This, he said, would allow the County, which he said was previously a marginalised area, to catch up with the rest of the Country in terms of health coverage.
Urging the Board to also mount diploma courses in clinical medicine and nursing, H.E Dr Kuti said the County is in dire need of clinical officers.
Thirty percent of all admission slots to the campus would be reserved for the locals, adding that the College would continue to ensure quality training of health workers for the County.
KMTC CEO Prof. Michael Kiptoo said the County had been earmarked for the piloting of universal health coverage delivery. The campus, he added, would thus be expanded to include more courses as part of this strategy.
KMTC Board Members Ms. Grace Thitai and Mr. Duncan Mwangi accompanied the Chairman to the meeting. Also present were Deputy Director (Academics) Ms. Nancy Michire, Corporation Secretary Dr. Miriam Muthoka, Corporate Communication Manager Kamau Maina and Isiolo Campus Principal Ms. Agnes M. Linus.