About 12,600 heath workers are set to graduate from Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) campuses across the country in December.
The KMTC Board Chairperson, Prof. Philip Kaloki said the graduating health workers will bolster the government’s Universal Health Coverage (UHC) programme, through provision of quality health services in public hospitals.
Speaking on Friday during the commissioning of new class rooms at KMTC Wote campus, Prof. Kaloki said the number of the graduands is the highest since inception of the institution.
He reiterated the government’s commitment in ensuring adequate and competent health workers in the country for successful implementation of UHC.
‘‘We are are prepared to undertake the challenge on the human resource component and the students are prepared to deliver on the UHC agenda,’’ said Kaloki.
The chairperson pledged support for KMTC campuses to expand on the existing infrastructure to allow admission of more students.
‘‘Since 2014 we have increased the number of campuses from 28 to 71 while the population has increased from 19,000 to 41,000 students in the same period,” he added.
Speaking at the same function, the Makueni governor, Prof. Kivutha Kibwana said the Council of Governors was fully behind President Uhuru Kenyatta’s big four agenda especally the envisaged provision of universal health care to all citizens
He called on other counties to adopt the Makueni UHC model, terming it as a great milestone for the country.
Prof. Kivutha also urged the government to reclaim part of KMTC land that had been grabbed in both Makindu and Wote Campuses to allow for their expansion.
‘‘We have noted with concern that some private investors have encroached on government land set aside for public institutions,’’he added.
By Roselyne Kavoo/Ndonga Denis