The state will increase more courses being offered at the Webuye Medical Training College and other medical colleges in Bungoma County a bid to absorb the more students taking medical courses.
Chairman of the Medical Training Colleges board Prof. Philip Kaloki said that they will increase the courses to have enough health workers in the next coming three years and Webuye, Bungoma and Chwele medical training colleges will be some of the beneficiaries.
He said that the move is in line with the President’s Big Four Agenda to ensure proper health care for residents across the country.
Kaloki was speaking at Webuye MTC while handing over a sixty-two seater bus to the school. “We only have three courses in this institution and the other colleges in Bungoma and Chwele and yet we have many students joining this medical colleges, something that we are addressing soon,” he said, “Currently we only have clinical medicine, nursing and health records but we want to have programs in pharmacy, community issues pertaining public health, nutrition and other health courses.”
He said they will collaborate with the County government and area MP and MCAs to revamp the infrastructure of the college. “We will ensure the courses are increased in this college when we are having the next intake in March next year,” he said, and that the target is to admit one thousand students.
He further noted that the number of students joining MTC colleges across the country has increased from twenty eight thousand to forty thousand in the past five years.
He asked students to be well disciplined in order to succeed in life and they should continue to further their education after college to cope with the highly competitive world.
Bungoma Deputy Governor Prof. Charles Ngome said that a County government they are ready to partner with the MTCs in the County to enable them produce best medics in the job market. As a County, we are building a three hundred capacity modern hospital to replace the old Bungoma Referral Hospital which was built in 1952 with only a 150 bed capacity.
He also added that apart from the County tarmacking the Webuye KMTC road, they’ll also put up street lights to enhance security for the students at night.