REPUBLIC OF KENYA

CS presides over graduation ceremony of KMTC students Nairobi, KENYA November 6, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Health Sicily Kariuki presided over the graduation ceremony of 10869 graduands of the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC).

Addressing the graduation ceremony, the CS expressed the pride of KTMC for contributing immensely to the development of Kenya, by producing highly-trained health professionals from various disciplines since 1927.

“KMTC has contributed 85% of the health workforce mainly the mid-level health care workers in the Country. Today marks yet another graduation of 10,869 health professionals,” she said

The CS noted that Human Resources for Health is a key pillar of the health system and the attainment of Universal Health Coverage calls for a rapid scale-up of highly trained Health personnel.

She noted that the Health worker training is critical for attainment of ‘Health for All’ by 2022 as envisioned by the Government. Kenya is among the 57 countries with an unfavorable health care workers to population ratio. Currently, Kenya has 15 health workers for every 10,000 people against a World Health Organization (WHO) prescribed ratio of 23 workers for 10,000 people. In addition, these health care workers are not evenly distributed in the Country.

The CS highlighted the need to increase the supply of health workers and the right cadre mix distributed equitable across the Country because of the current growth of the population and the need of specialized health services.

She directed the KMTC to ensure that the institution’s curricula remain need-based and responsive to the health needs of the Country through regular reviews to keep abreast with the knowledge change and innovations.

She said the Ministry of Health has developed the Human Resource for Health Strategy 2014-2018, which provides a roadmap for human resource for health interventions for improved health service delivery.

“We are working closely with KMTC, which has set up 68 KMTC campuses in 43 of the 47 counties. In the near future four more campuses in the counties of Samburu, Marsabit, Kirinyaga and Narok will be commissioned,” she said.

The release of the KMTC graduands into the health sector comes at a time when the Country is preparing to roll out the Universal health Coverage program Pilot phase next week.

The UHC pilot phase is based on health systems strengthening and promotion of Primary Health Care (PHC) interventions. In the Kenyan Health System, the bedrock of service delivery at Primary Health Care facilities are Clinical Officers and Nurses and the Community Health Workers (CHW) at the community level.

“It is therefore critical that these cadres are equipped with appropriate skills and I am glad to note that KMTC has already taken the lead in developing Primary Health Care oriented training programs in Family Health and emerging health challenges posed by Non Communicable Diseases, injuries and substance addiction,” she added.

 

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