REPUBLIC OF KENYA

Improving Human Resource for Health for Universal Health Coverage.

The Buses that were flagged off by the Principal Secretary for Health Eng. Peter Tum.

Principal Secretary for Health Eng. Peter Tum addressing the gathering during the flagging off of Kenya Medical Training College buses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Principal Secretary for Health Eng. Peter Tum and the Kenya Medical Training College board chairman Prof Philip Kaloki flagging off the college buses.

 

Nairobi, KENYA Wednesday, 18 July 2018 – The Ministry of Health has procured eight utility buses for the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) campuses, through the World Bank funded Transforming Health Systems for Universal Care Project (THS-UCP).

Principal Secretary, Eng. Peter Tum flagged off the buses to eight KMTC campuses in Lodwar, Kapenguria, Kabarnet, Bomet, Loitokitok, Kitui, Kilifi and Msambweni to support clinical placement and training.

The Project is currently sponsoring 1200 students from Arid and Semi-Arid areas for a certificate course in Enrolled Community Health Nursing (ECHN) at a cost of 1 billion shillings.

The PS said the aim of the programme is to equip the students with knowledge and skills to provide quality health care to mothers and children in Primary Health Care facilities in their home areas as part of the strategies to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

“As you are aware Human Resources for Health (HRH) 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,” he noted.

He said the Government endeavors to bridge the HRH gap particularly Enrolled Community Health Nurses for service delivery in primary healthcare facilities and the communities.

KMTC is mandated to produce a critical pool of Enrolled Community nursing workforce to specifically address maternal and child mortality, malnutrition and low immunisation coverage in remote and hard-to-reach areas.

The PS said the project has employed 24 lecturers on a three-year contract for the 8 campuses and students provided with training materials, uniforms, cash allowances to cater for meals and personal effects and equipment as part of the projects support.  Skills-lab equipment worth over Ksh. 55M has been procured and distributed to the campuses.

Eng. Tum thanked the World Bank for partnering with the Ministry to improve Human Resource for Health.