KMTC graduates 22,695 students
The Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) on Thursday, December 7, 2023) graduated some 22,695 students in a colorful ceremony presided over by Deputy President HE: Rigathi Gachagua.
In his address, the DP said that the graduation of all these young professionals brings renewed hope for our Nation, the hope of achieving and enhancing the Nurse-to-Patient Ratio for better health outcomes.
“It is also a major boost to the transformative Afya Nyumbani, which HE: President Dr. William Ruto launched in October under the Universal Health Coverage. We underscore the crucial role of primary healthcare workers, acting as the initial line of defense for our citizens,” he said.
“Through strategic investments and comprehensive training, the government aims to strengthen these frontline workers, ensuring every Kenyan, regardless of location, receives the essential primary healthcare services they deserve,” he added.
The event held at the Moi Sports Center, Kasarani, saw a total of 870 graduates awarded with higher diplomas, 12,917 diplomas, and 8,908 certificates.
Mr. Gachagua pointed out that, under a bilateral health partnership agreement between Kenya and the United Kingdom (UK) as well as Germany, some of the recent graduates will be deployed to these two countries.
“Kenyan medics are among the sought-after healthcare providers in the world due to their strong work ethics. At the moment we have requests from the UK and Germany to provide them with healthcare providers,” he assured.
The DP however, challenged graduates to protect the health profession with integrity by offering humanity dignified and distinguished service.
Also present were the Health Cabinet Secretary Nakhumicha S. Wafula and Mary Muthoni, the Principal Secretary for Public Health and Professional Standards.
Ms. Wafula thanked the College for supporting government initiatives to produce competent health workers for domestic and global markets.
She reaffirmed the government’s dedication to supporting the College’s activities as it strives to strengthen its position as a leading provider of medical education.
“Anyone seeking healthcare services in this country and beyond is likely to be attended to by a KMTC graduate. As a proud KMTC Alumni, I stand as a living example that one can begin at KMTC and rise to the pinnacle of their career,” she emphasized.
The Board Chairperson Mr. Joseah K. Cheruiyot revealed that the College is aligning its services with the government’s Bottom-Up Economic Transformation Agenda and the Kenya Vision 2030.
“To achieve this, we have embarked on the development and review of digital transformation instruments and systems, the reduction of paper-based processes, embracing emerging technologies, while simultaneously fortifying the ICT infrastructure across our campuses,” he said.
Mr. Cheruiyot noted that the College is ramping up partnerships with like-minded institutions to expand its capacity to deliver on its mandate.
“Through partnership, we have enhanced our admission processes, and attracted infrastructural, human and financial resources in support of teaching and learning,” he revealed.
CEO Dr. Kelly Oluoch said the College remains committed to providing top-tier education, ensuring graduates possess qualifications that stand out nationally and internationally.
He noted that the College recently launched its Strategic Plan 2023-2028 which underscores KMTC’s commitment to excellence in training, cutting-edge research, technological innovation, and the enduring sustainability of our institution.