KMTC Partners with the Office of the First Lady to Increase the Country’s Tree Cover

KMTC Partners with the Office of the First Lady to Increase the Country’s Tree Cover

On June 9, 2023, the First Lady of Kenya, Her Excellency Mama Rachel Ruto visited Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) Iten Campus after spearheading a tree planting activity in several areas within Elgeyo Marakwet County.

The event which was attended by KMTC Iten Campus students and members of the county saw a number of indigenous trees planted.

 Speaking during the event, Her Excellency Rachel Ruto, emphasized the importance and the dire need of environmental conservation in ensuring a healthy and sustainable future.

“I am delighted to be part of this noble cause, which will not only enhance the beauty of our country but also promote a healthier and greener environment,” she said.

A total of 13,000 trees were planted during the exercise.

The Office of the First Lady Kenya has set a goal of planting 500 million trees by 2032.KMTC and County Government of Bungoma Collaborate to Enhance Healthcare Services

In a significant move aimed at strengthening healthcare services, the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) and the County Government of Bungoma have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

The agreement, signed on June 21, 2023 at the KMTC Headquarters, outlines several areas of collaboration and sets the stage for improved medical education and accessibility to healthcare facilities within Bungoma County.

Speaking during the signing, KMTC Board Chairperson Amb. Zachary Muburi-Muita, expressed gratitude for the partnership and urged the county government to consider seconding staff to the KMTC campuses. “Together, we are committed to providing the Bungoma community with well-trained healthcare personnel who can effectively contribute to the advancement of healthcare and support the government’s Universal Health Coverage agenda,” he added.

Under the MoU, KMTC students will gain access to health facilities across the county, receive training opportunities, and benefit from financial support towards their fees. The collaboration aligns with the College’s commitment to tailoring its programs to meet the specific needs of the Bungoma community, thus advancing the government’s Universal Health Coverage (UHC) agenda.

Bungoma County Governor H.E. Ken Lusaka, speaking after the signing of the MoU, highlighted his dedication to realizing primary healthcare at the grassroots level. “We recognize the significant contribution of KMTC in training our health workers and are confident that this collaboration will address the challenge of human resource shortages and bring us closer to our objectives,” the Governor said.  He emphasized the crucial role of well-trained healthcare personnel in achieving this goal, recognizing that a majority of health workers in the country have received their training from KMTC.

On his part, the KMTC CEO Dr. Kelly Oluoch while concurring with Amb. Muita’s remarks added that “Our students will benefit from increased access to health facilities, training opportunities, and financial support towards their fees. This partnership will enhance their learning experience and ultimately contribute to the availability of skilled healthcare personnel in the country.”

The ceremony was attended by Board Director Dr. Stephen Ochiel, Principals Ms. Elizabeth Ndura (Bungoma), Ms. Prominah Muia (Chwele), Ms. Lucy Chebungei (Webuye), Senior Management representatives, Bugoma County Health and Sanitation Executive Committee Member Dr. Andrew Wamalwa, Communication Director Mr. John Nalianya, and County Liaison Officer Ms. Joy Killong.

This collaboration between KMTC and the County Government of Bungoma marks a significant step towards enhancing healthcare services, improving training opportunities for students, and addressing the critical need for skilled healthcare personnel.