The Cabinet Secretary for Health Nakhumicha S. Wafula has unveiled the Kenya Medical Training College [KMTC) 2023-2028 Strategic Plan during the colourful ceremony held at the Institution headquarters in Nairobi.
Speaking during the event,the CS emphasized on the need for implementation of the plan which seeks to ensure the College plays its role in realisation of Universal Health Coverage, Sustainable Development Goals and Vision 2030 in line with the health service delivery and ultimately national health outcomes.
“I note with appreciation that KMTC has been making great strides in the field of health care service delivery. The Strategic Plan which is heavily anchored on the community health approach, is key in the achievement of our country’s Universal Health Coverage goals. The community health approach is the foundation of preventative health care mainly because 70% of the cases attended to by our hospitals are preventable. The plan lays a solid foundation for medical training with a focus on preventive and promotive courses that will empower people on self-care and wellness” she said
Flanked by various stakeholders in the health sector, Nakhumicha underscored government commitment of supporting the agenda of the institution to establish a robust framework for quality training which is geared towards forming the basis of a strong healthcare system.
“Iam aware of the strategic role that KMTC plays in contributing to the achievement of the nation’s development agenda and aspirations. Towards this, the Ministry of Health has harmonized and is implementing several policy reforms and programmes in the health sector. The Government of Kenya is committed to fulfilling its promise to its citizens of providing the highest attainable standards of health. We are committed to ensuring social economic transformation of our country through access to equitable, affordable and high quality healthcare for all” added Nakhumicha;a proud graduand of KMTC
KMTC Chief Executive Officer Dr Kelly Oluoch reiterated the mission by the College to extend strategic collaborations which will play a pivotal role in its growth and development through facilitation of the expansion of current campuses from 65 to 74, with 12 satellites.
“This Strategic Plan outlines our triple mandate of training, research, and consultancy, all poised for profound impact. We envision “a globally competitive institution for training human resource for health”, setting new standards and leading the way in transformative learning” remarked Oluoch who previously served in an acting capacity after his predecessor Prof. Michael Kiptoo’s term expired in November 2021.
“Our mission is clear – to develop fit-for-purpose middle-level health professionals through transformative training, cutting-edge research, and impactful consultancy services. We are committed to shaping future healthcare leaders who are not just skilled but compassionate and innovative” part of his statement further disclosed.
Health Committee Members of Parliament led by Webuye East representative Martin Wanyonyi and his Mwea counterpart Mary Maingi affirmed their support towards actualization of KMTC policies through passage of budget related to the tertiary institution.
“This is a monumental function for this great academic giant which has played a fundamental role in shaping medical careers of great men and women in this Country. I want to urge my friend Kelly to follow up past unveiling and ensure this plan is executed to the latter.As for us lawmakers and members of health Committee, we’ll do our best in passing proper legislation aimed at helping in the expansion of this unique facility through proper funding and other facilitation ” noted Wanyonyi who became the first person with albinism to be elected through the ballot in Kenya.
The Plan is aligned to Constitution of Kenya,Vision 2030,the KMTC Act of 1990,Public Health Act Cap 254,Food,Drug and Chemical Substance Act Cap 254,Pharmacy and Poisons Board Act Cap 244,all labour laws,the health sector goals and all other relevant enabling instruments and policies that support the health training of professionals in Kenya.
Others present during the event that also saw the launch of the book titled ‘Journey to Greatness’ include Principal Secretary in the State Department for Public Health and Professional Standards Mary Muthoni Muriuki,KMTC Board Chairman Joseah Kiplangat Cheruiyot,Nursing Council of Kenya Registra Dr. Edna Tallam among others.