The Kenya Medical training college KMTC has opened its campus in West Pokot County after the Ministry of health approving the project that will be run by Kapenguria County hospital. The government has given the County government a clean bill of health to run a medical training college (MTC) after assessment of construction of the campus and inspection of the hospital facility. The ministry acknowledged the steps taken by the County government with construction of infrastructure at the facility and recommended the hospital as among well managed hospital in the Country.
“This is big boost to the health sector not only to this County but to the whole Country. This institution will help us train more medical practitioners and tackle the shortage facing the nation,” said are Governor Simon Kachapin while inspecting the project. The principal Ezekiel Kendagor disclosed that already 40 students have reported to the college while 10 more are expected before classes start “We have received students and we are now planning when to rool out our programmes,” noted the Principal. West Pokot governor Simon Kachapin has promised that his government will continue to increase budget allocation to the health sector to address challenges facing health facilities in the County and improve the health sector.
The County government has allocated 24.4 percent of its budget to the health this financial year to improve health services in the area. Currently he said the County government is building a twin theatre at Kacheliba sub county hospital at a tune of 28 million, a blood bank and residential quarters for medical staff with more projects underway. “We are committed to see our people get better services and reduce deaths caused by lack of health facilities in our County,” said the goverrnor.
He has urged the national government to increase funds allocation in the health sector since the sector was fully devolved to improve services .
He revealed that county of 900 million allocated for the health sector by the County government only 200 million remain for development while the rest go for recurrent expenditure with the bulk being salaries for medical staff. “We need more fund in the sector to help improve our facilities and buy drugs for our people and we are urging the national government to revise parameters for fund allocation in the health sector,:” added Kachapin.