A new branch of the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) has been constructed in Kangema, Murang’a but the facility cannot be put in use due to lack of equipment.
The campus which was constructed by the local National Government-Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF) to a tune of Sh100 million is ready to admit students once the facility is equipped.
Kangema MP Muturi Kigano has said lecture halls, administration block and laboratories are ready but what is lacking is equipment.
Speaking when he led officials from the KMTC Board to inspect the facility on Monday, the MP asked the national government through the Ministry of Education to allocate funds to equip the campus and construct hostels for students.
“Local NG-CDF allocated Sh100 million to construct the college and now it’s complete. What is remaining is equipment and hostels for students. The campus will be a big boost to the economy of Kangema,” Kigano said.
The facility will offer opportunities for close to 2,000 learners who are interested in pursuing various courses in the clinical health field.
Kigano further said that the campus also needs a bus to transport learners to neighbouring medical facilities for practical lessons.
Academic registrar of KMTC Dr. Lucy Waweru lauded Kangema NG-CDF for constructing the campus saying it will absorb many learners who have been seeking chances to study various medical related courses.
She added that the college was constructed in accordance with requirements of medical institutions and soon the KMTC Board will enroll students to the campus.
“We are satisfied with the college and as KMTC Board we will have a meeting and decide when we will take the first batch of students at the facility,” Waweru stated.
Many Form-Four leavers, Waweru observed, have been seeking a chance to study at KMTC but due to few opportunities, they have lacked admission.
“This campus will be a great boost in terms of training more students in health related courses and we urge constituencies to consider building more campuses so as to train our young people interested in health careers. Other countries have expressed interest to employ health personnel from Kenya, so there are many job opportunities,” Waweru further said.
Waweru encouraged young people to apply for training opportunities with KMTC saying currently the application process is carried out online.
Currently KMTC has over 45, 000 students and the college offers 19 diploma courses, 52 higher diploma programmes and eight certificate courses.
Waweru said the programmes they offer meet the needs of the society saying their courses are highly marketable.