Health CS lauds the College for being a worthy ally in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Kenya
Health Cabinet Secretary (CS) Hon. Mutahi Kagwe has lauded the KMTC Board for supporting the Government’s efforts in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in the Country. The CS was speaking during a visit to Makueni County on 8th July, 2020 to assess the preparedness of the County to deal with the COVID-19 menace.
The CS toured KMTC Makindu, during the visit, where he was received by the KMTC Board Chairman Prof. Philip Kaloki and CEO Prof. Michael Kiptoo. He hailed the KMTC Board for working hand in hand with the Government to fight the pandemic. “We thank the Kenya Medical Training College who have offered 40 of their facilities to be utilized as quarantine and isolation centres. One such facility is at Makindu, in Makueni County, which has been converted to a 300 bed capacity for Covid-19 isolation & treatment centre,” the CS said.
The CS noted that this would also come with a host of benefits for the KMTC Campuses following a Kshs 518 million allocation to the College to renovate and improve infrastructure. This, he observed would benefit the KMTC students most, post-COVID.
Board Chairman Prof. Philip Kaloki assured of KMTC’s continued support in the fight against the virus. “We are working closely with the Ministry of Health and other partners fully cognizant that this war will take a united front to win,” Prof. Kaloki said adding that, “I am happy that the College has played such a key role and I thank the KMTC Board, Management and staff for their sacrifice and commitment during this period.”
The Chairman reported that KMTC Lecturers, especially those in Nursing, Clinical Medicine, Public Health and Counseling have been at the forefront in supplementing the efforts of the health workers on the front line.
CEO Prof. Michael Kiptoo guaranteed that KMTC Management and staff would continue cooperating with the Board as it drives the College’s efforts in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As we have supported the Government’s efforts in achievement of UHC in the recent past through provision of primary healthcare professionals, we remain steadfast in our support during this difficult period,” Prof. Kiptoo further assured.