Kshs 19 million Marimanti Satellite Campus underway
Visitors touring Tharaka Constituency will have no doubt noticed that the construction of Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) Marimanti Satellite Campus is well underway on a Kshs 19 million project aimed at creating more learning spaces.
Workers are busy putting final touches on four classrooms, an administration block, and an ablution facility.
In addition, the workers are erecting a modern gate as area residents put up accommodation facilities around the proposed facility well before opening.
The KMTC College Board of Directors, led by Board Chairperson Prof. Philip Kaloki and senior staff toured the facility last Friday to review its progress and were received by the area, MP Hon. George Murugara.
“This is one of our main projects through the National Government Constituencies Development Fund (NG-CDF). It started in 2019 with an allocation of Kshs 14 million. In this year’s budget, we have allocated an additional Kshs 5 million,” said Hon. Murugara.
Adding that: “The construction is being done on a 10-acre piece of land of which an allotment letter has been secured. We are in discussion with Tharaka Nithi County Government to allocate us more land.”
The NG-CDF, Tharaka Nithi County Government, and KMTC have joined forces to produce qualified health professionals in the country in-line with Government’s Big 4 Agenda.
Prof. Kaloki commended the parliamentarian for the good work and urged him to fast-track construction work.
He also challenged him to source extra resources towards the completion of the project, adding that the Campus will only be opened once all necessary infrastructure is in place.
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 Amukoye, and Samuel Arachi.
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.