KMTC displays might and medical prowess during the National Sports Championships

KMTC displays might and medical prowess during the National Sports Championships

It was a dazzling display of splendor, might, and medical prowess as KMTC held its National Sports Championships last week in Nakuru.

More than 100 branded buses and double cabins painted the city ‘yellow’, resulting in a mesmerizing visual spectacle that captivated onlookers. ‘Yellow’ is a term referred to by many to signify the College’s dominant Tivoli gold color.

A spot check by this writer revealed that as of Tuesday (August 1, 2023) when the event officially kicked off, you were highly likely to spot KMTC branded vehicles in town, either making their way to the sports venue or transporting participants back to their resting places.

Indeed, Nakuru, a city synonymous with cold temperatures, provided the perfect backdrop for such a power-packed event.

In a stunning display of both glamour and medical prowess, the College’s ambulance would occasionally be spotted racing down the road with lights flashing and sirens blaring.

It was the first time KMTC had deployed its own well-equipped emergency vehicle, complete with qualified medics, made up of staff and higher national diploma students to provide emergency response services.

“When people out there call us medics, they can see it today. I’m happy to be part of the emergency response team. I’m proud of my College,” said one student.

The College recently purchased an ambulance to provide emergency service for staff and students as well as support training at the Nairobi Campus.

Over the years, the College has been investing heavily in buses and double cabins to support its teaching and learning. Currently, it has close to 150 vehicles including buses and double cabins.

Clinicians and nurses were also on-site at the athletic finish line, ready to treat runners for exhaustion and injuries associated with long races.

According to the Head of Health Services, Dr. Kennedy Rateng, a total of 303 injuries were attended to, including dislocations, springs, mild head injuries, cut wounds, and choking.

“Most injuries were mild with one referral which was later treated and discharged,” he reported.

The relatively smooth emergency response during the event, in large part, is associated with the College’s abundance of medical resources.

“A better chunk of our staff are licensed medical practitioners and on top of that we have higher national diploma students who are also qualified and licensed health workers,” said CEO Dr. Kelly Oluoch.

But while KMTC’s medical prowess stood out, it will be important to source more funds to purchase additional ambulances for the College, Dr. Oluoch added.

The College’s yearly inter-campus competition was suspended four years ago following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As sounds of ambulance siren and vuvuzelas fell silent, the College celebrated the end of an unforgettable week, and a competition that will remain in the hearts of many for years to come.