NG-CDF hands over facility for the proposed KMTC Awendo to the College
Awendo National Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF) on 2nd December, 2021 handed over a facility for the proposed KMTC Awendo to the College, in a colorful ceremony presided over by the African Union High Representative for Infrastructure Development, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Kenya, the R.T. Hon. Raila Odinga.
The facility estimated to have costed Kshs. 65 million comprises of classrooms, skills laboratories, administration block, among others.
Construction of the facility for the proposed campus is an initiative of College and area Member of Parliament Hon. Walter John Owino.
Once the necessary requirements have been met, the facility may be considered for operationalization and mounting of courses in line with the identified health needs of the area.
Hon. Odinga was accompanied by Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Mercy Mwangangi, governors: Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega), James Ongwae (Kisii), Cyprian Awiti (Homa Bay), Migori Senator Ochillo Ayacko, area Member of Parliament Hon. Walter Owino, among other notable guests.
Hon. Odinga thanked the Government for supporting construction of the facility, terming it a step in the right direction in the training of health workers in the region.
He noted that enhancing access to healthcare is crucial in the achievement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), and reiterated his commitment to improving the health system should he become the next president.
“My Government will ensure that each Sub-County has a Level Five Hospital to enable citizens access quality and affordable medical care closer to them,” said Odinga.
The Health Chief Administrative Secretary, Dr. Mercy Mwangangi urged residents to continue observing COVID-19 protocols.
“Coronavirus is still a threat, and we must continue wearing our masks and observe social distancing. The coronavirus vaccine is equally very important. I urge all Kenyans to get the jab,” she said.
Awendo MP. Hon. Walter Owino thanked the Ministry of Health for heeding their request and delivering on the promise of building the facility.
The Acting KMTC CEO Dr. Kelly Olouch thanked Hon. Odinga for championing devolution that has resulted in the expansion of training space in the country.
Dr. Oluoch, in a speech, read on his behalf by the Deputy Registrar Examinations Mr. Thomas Kisukwa, lauded Hon. Odinga’s efforts of advocating for the increment of funding for County governments.
Handover of the facility took place on the sidelines of the College’s 90th graduation ceremony held at the KMTC headquarters in Nairobi. During the ceremony, some 5,150 Graduands who will immensely contribute to the Human Resources for Health in the country, a key milestone in attainment of Universal Health Coverage, Kenya’s Vison 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals, were released to the job market.
KMTC is ranked the Best Tertiary College & among the Top 35 Best Universities/Colleges in Kenya, 2021 (Rankings by Webometrics).