KNA West Pokot county government has partnered with Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) towards allocating Kapenguria KMTC more funds to enable the college hire more staff and undertake development projects.
To this end, West Pokot governor Prof. John Lonyangapuo has reiterated his county government commitment to support Kapenguria KMTC in collaboration with the national government.
In his speech read on his behalf by County Secretary Mr. John Karamunya during the commissioning of a tuition block and the nutrition and pharmacy laboratories blocks, the governor noted his government’s support and readiness to support the Kapenguria KMTC through supporting the institution with finances, staff hiring, grants, and scholarships and bursaries to the neediest students in the institution.
The governor noted the positive impact of devolution to the people of West Pokot County who for many years remained marginalized and with inadequate resources allocation.
“The 2010 Constitution led to the creation of 47 county governments in Kenya and West Pokot county government has been one of them. Devolution has promoted interests and rights of minorities and marginalized communities in Kenya by ensuring there is equitable sharing of resources from the government and Pokot people are beneficiaries of it,” Lonyangapuo’s speech read in part.
The governor thanked Kapenguria KMTC Principal Ezekiel Kendagor for his leadership and cooperation with his staff and for the good results posted that ranked the college the best countrywide among other Kenya Medical Training Colleges in offering Nursing courses as per the 2020 awards.
He said the county government would continue to stand by the Memorandum of Understanding they signed with the KMTC Kapenguria.
The Principal thanked the government for the resources’ allocation to the institution saying it has helped build infrastructure and employ staff.
Kendagor welcomed the collaboration between the county government and KMTC saying it would lead to more development projects and hiring of more staff to the institution.
The principal noted his institution has 40 staff members to a student population of 829 and with the additional staff promised by the county government and the KMTC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Prof. Michael Kiptoo who was present during the commissioning event, a lot of success and engagement would be realized.
“We give thanks to the county government of West Pokot under the leadership of the governor and the national government. We are proud that we would not have come this far without their assistance,” said Kendagor.
He further said the institution was receiving immense support from the county government in various ways including sensitization of the public to let their children apply for various courses in the institution among many other things.
Prof. Kiptoo reiterated the national government’s commitment to redoubling its efforts in training health care professionals to respond to global health challenges.
“The government of Kenya is committed and ready to support the education of health care professionals through the building of more medical training colleges, giving the neediest students scholarships and bursaries as part of the government’s dedication to having enough health care professionals to respond to global health challenges and for our people to have effective services in the hospitals,” the KMTC chief noted.
The CEO congratulated the West Pokot County Public Service Board, for the 13 staff members they seconded to work in Kapenguria KMTC and for the exemplary work they have so far rendered to the institution adding that the government would consider absorbing them.
Prof Kiptoo challenged all KMTC lecturers to ensure they trained students in line with the current changes and emerging trends so as to address the society’s increasing health demands and challenges.
However, he encourages students to pursue their courses from certificate level, diploma, and even Ph.D. level whenever they have an opportunity.
KMTC Kapenguria campus sits on 12 acres of land donated by the county government. The college admitted the first batch of community health nurses students in September 2014 and was officially opened by President Uhuru Kenyatta on April 16, 2015.