REPUBLIC OF KENYA

More health workers to be trained to bridge gaps in the workforce.

Health PS Peter K. Tum with Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, and KMTC Board Chairman Prof Philip Kaloki and Director Prof. Michael Kiptoo at KMTC Gatundu.

Health PS Peter K. Tum with Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, and KMTC Board Chairman Prof Philip Kaloki.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More health workers to be trained to bridge gaps in the workforce

Gatundu, KENYA 23 May 2018- Health Principal Secretary (PS), Peter K. Tum has said that the Government will focus on health training to improve health care service delivery in the country. He noted that critical shortages in the health workforce, inadequate skills mix and uneven geographical distribution of the health workforce denies Kenya an opportunity to enjoy improved health care.

 

He revealed that Kenya falls below the World health Organization’s recommendation of 23 doctors, nurses and midwives per 10,000 population, a situation that has led to an increased disease burden for the country. “The situation calls for innovative approaches towards bridging the gap.” He said.

Speaking at the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC),Gatundu Campus when he launched new classrooms and a bus for the College, the PS urged the KMTC Board to continue working closely with leaders of progressive minds to reverse the trends.

 

The PS called on all health stakeholders to work together towards achievement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) for all Kenyans by 2022 and   informed that Ministry of Health is formulating policies on health training to ensure quality is maintained adding that comprehensive approach, supported by strong leadership, governance and information systems, is needed to ensure skilled, motivated and supported health workers in the right place at the right time.

He called upon KMTC to work with partners and to remain focused on their mission of providing high quality training through Teaching, Research, Community Service and nurturing innovative graduates for service delivery.

Present during the event were: Gatundu South MP Hon. Moses Kuria, KMTC Board Chairman Prof Philip Kaloki and Director Prof. Michael Kiptoo.