Kshs 60 million KMTC Maua satellite Campus getting ready for opening
The first phase of Kshs 60 million, Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) Maua satellite Campus is likely to be completed by March and efforts are being taken to admit students during the next academic year, said KMTC Board Chairperson Prof. Philip Kaloki.
Prof. Kaloki who was here to inspect the progress said that 60% of the construction work has been completed.
“As a training arm of the Government, we are ready to open the facility as it meets our requirements. We are happy with the progress made so far and we commend partners involved for the good work,” he said.
The Board has redoubled its resource mobilization efforts to equip all its 71 Campuses to meet global standards.
Prof. Kaloki revealed that President Uhuru Kenyatta and Health Cabinet Secretary Senator Mutahi Kagwe, EGH, have endorsed the expansions.
“We are in constant communication, particularly with Senator Kagwe, and we will invite him to open the Campus sometime in March,” he reported.
The National Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF), Meru County Government, and KMTC have joined forces to produce qualified health professionals in the country in-line with Government’s Big 4 Agenda.
The NG-CDF, through the efforts of Igembe South MP Hon. John Paul Mwirigi had released an initial Kshs 25 million for the project.
“With this, we have put up 6 classrooms, an administration block, and a library. Abolition block is under construction,” he said.
“In this financial year, we have allocated an additional Kshs 25 million for the expansion of the facility,” he added.
Hon. Mwirigi noted that the College, being the first of its kind in the region, will greatly improve the education standards of its constituents.
He, however, called residents to tap into hostel business by providing accommodation facilities for the students.
Meru County Government, through Governor Kiraitu Murungi, on the other hand, has set aside Kshs 10 million towards putting up six more classrooms.
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 Universal Health Coverage agenda by producing a competent workforce to bridge the Human Resources for Health gaps in the country.
Also present were Board Directors Mithamo Muchiri, Fredrick Wamwaki, Dr. Mary Nandili, Dr. Evans Mukoye, and Samuel Arachi, CBS and Meru County Executive Committee member for health Misheck Mutuma.
Others were senior members of staff from KMTC headquarters including Deputy Registrar (Examinations) Gordon Agallo, Deputy Communications Manager Hezron Ochiel, Head of Resource Mobilization Kamau Maina, Principals Ms. Gladys Ng’ang’a (Meru), Mr. Samwel Njagi (Imenti), and Mr. Samwel Ndukanio (Chuka).
KMTC contributes over 85% of the local middle-level human resources for the health sector with other graduates employed in many African countries as well as in the U.S, Canada, and the European Union.
The College has remarkably upgraded its infrastructure, thanks to a collaboration with County Governments, NG-CDF, Beyond Zero, World Bank, St. John’s Ambulance, National Youth Service, USAID among others.