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How KMTC Boosts Government in Fighting Covid-19

The Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) is well positioned to support government to achieve its Universal Health Coverage (UHC) dream by strengthening primary health care through quality training, research and outreach.

The pioneer middle level medical trainer has also been in the forefront in complementing government efforts in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.

Since inception almost a century ago, the college has seen steady rise in medical students the same way it has opened several campuses across the country.

KMTC Chief Executive Officer Prof Michael Kiptoo says the college boasts a reputation for quality training and development of health personnel that cuts across the East African region and beyond.

Speaking at the 89th Graduation Ceremony at the main campus in Nairobi presided over by Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Health Dr. Rashid Aman, Kiptoo confirmed that the more than 7,500 graduands are well trained, examined and equipped with relevant skills and competencies to serve in any part of the world.

“At the same time, we encourage our graduands to think outside formal employment, seize entrepreneurship opportunities, become self-reliant and create employment for others.”

Kiptoo reaffirmed that KMTC prides in producing some of the best innovators and trainers corresponding with the theme “Embracing Innovation and Technology in Equipping the Next Generation of Frontline Health Professionals.”

On his part, KMTC Board Chairman Prof. Philip Kaloki said the institution has put in place necessary measures to comply with Ministry of Health protocols and continues to mitigate against the spread of Covid-19 in over 450 hospitals across the country where their students undertake clinical placement.

This is the second time the college holds a virtual graduation ceremony since adoption of the new normal of teaching and learning online in conformation with Government protocols on management of Covid-19.

“To complement government efforts in the fight against the Coronavirus, KMTC partnered with the Ministry of Health led by Cabinet Secretary Sen. Mutahi Kagwe to manage the Covid-19 pandemic in the country,” he said.

“The college availed 44 of its campuses with a bed capacity of 3,397, which hosted 5,077 clients in quarantine and isolation effectively slowing down spread of the virus. Further, the college donated hand washing facilities and our Lecturers conducted Health Education and Promotion as well as provided Mental Health and Psychosocial support to mitigate the effects of the Coronavirus.”

Kaloki added that in efforts to support the ongoing vaccination drive, 41 of KMTC campuses are being used as vaccination and training centres for health workers to administer the vaccine.

He further said the increase in student population is attributed to enhanced partnerships enabling creation of 43 more campuses raising the number from 28 to 71 across the nation.

Kaloki says this has equally seen an increase in student population from 19,546 to 51,305 enabling Kenyans access quality health training opportunities, adding, “We have aligned our training curriculum with the Government’s UHC Delivery Agenda.”

Out of a total 7,509 graduands, 332 got higher diplomas, 1,487 Diplomas and 5,690 received Certificates.

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