The Government in partnership with the World Bank has procured eight buses to ease transportation of Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) students to clinical placement areas.
The 51-seater buses will go to Lodwar, Kapenguria, Kabarnet, Bomet, Loitokitok, Kitui, Kilifi and Msambweni campuses for the Enrolled Community Health Nursing (ECHN) programme.
In addition, the eight campuses have also acquired 24 lecturers employed on a three-year contract basis, textbooks, stationery, other training materials and equipment as part of the project’s support.
In a speech read on behalf of CS Health, Sicily Kariuki, by Health PS, Peter Tum at Afya House Wednesday, while flagging off the buses, the CS said that this is the second time the Ministry was handing over buses to KMTC for ECHN projects. In September 2016, four 33-seater buses were sent to Lodwar, Kapenguria, Loitokitok and Msambweni.
She said the facilities will boost health care because in the past demographic and Health surveys revealed that arid and semi-arid areas continuously reported high maternal, infant and child mortality, and correlated acute malnutrition levels and low immunization coverage.
The CS said that the Ministry has authorized the KMTC to produce a critical pool of community Nurses workforce to specifically address maternal and child mortality in remote and hard-to-reach areas.
KMTC is thus training Enrolled Community Health Nursing students mainly from Marginalized and Vulnerable Groups in selected Arid and Semi-Arid Counties, and other population minorities, willing to serve in their communities upon graduation. said the CS adding that the ECHN training project is a Ministry and the World Bank funded programme at a cost on 1 billion.
The first batch of 400 students from the ECHN project was admitted in March 2016 and is graduating in 2018. Training of this first group was sponsored by the Kenya Health Sector Support Project.
The second and third batches of 400 students, each were admitted in March 2017 and March 2018 respectively. Training of these two groups is funded through the Transforming Health Systems for Universal Care Project (THS-UCP). In total 1,200 students have benefitted from the project.
I note with pride that the ECHN program has been recognized and received the runners up award during the African Public Service Day (APSD) Celebrations on June 28, 2018, the CS said.
Source: Kenya News Agency