College roars back to life as students report back
It is back to class at Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) as the second group of more than 30,000 students reported on January 18, 2021 amid excitement.
All the 71 Campuses spread across the country reported a buzz of activity for the first time after the College was shut in March last year, following the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.
At KMTC Nairobi Campus, first-year students accompanied by their guardians started streaming into the Campus compound as early as 6 am.
For Elvis Oduor, a first-year student undertaking a Diploma in Health Records and Information, this day couldn’t have arrived any sooner. “The wait for the College to physically reopen is finally over, and today marks the first day in my journey of becoming a health professional,” the excited Oduor said. Having secured a chance in the September 2020 intake, Oduor, who hails from Busia County, started his journey from his home County at 6:30 am the previous day to ensure nothing derailed his first day at KMTC Nairobi Campus.
The young Oduor, the second born in a family of five, says his dream of becoming a health professional was inspired by his father, who works in a hospital, and his elder sister, who is currently undertaking a Public Health Course at Moi University.
He hopes that after his training at the College, he will be able to secure a job so that he can be able to assist his father take care of his siblings.
The first group of 8000 students who are due for graduation in April reported last week.
KMTC has 71 Campuses strategically located in 44 out of 47 counties in the country offering 18 programs with 76 medical courses.
The College plays a key role in supporting the Government’s UHC agenda by producing competent workforce to bride the Human Resources for Health gaps in the country