Busia County, KMTC Sign MoU To Achieve Optimum Use Of Resources


By Reuben Olita

The County Government of Busia and Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) today signed a memorandum of understanding geared towards expanding the college’s training opportunities for students in the county.

Governor Sospeter Ojaamong signed on behalf of the County Government of Busia while KMTC was signed by Chief Executive Officer, Prof Michael Kiptoo in the ceremony held at KMTC Busia Campus.

The MoU will support thee County Government acquire qualified and competent health workers and to enable it achieve optimum use of resources including finances, human resources and physical infrastructure.

The document will also facilitate the provision of information sharing and knowledge between the two parties.

In his key note address, the Governor said the MoU between his Government and KMTC has set out modalities on  how best to forge the partnership.

“The document has outlined projects to be assisted in the county including the Busia and Teso Campus,” he said, revealing that his recent meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta centred on the need to fund the two campuses to enable them expand.

He added, “The MoU has given provision to Community Health Volunteers to undergo requisite training at the KMTC campuses in the county to enable them provide first aid at grassroot levels.

The Governor thanked Teso North Member of Parliament, Oku Kaunya for initiating the construction of KMTC Teso Campus, promising to avail support to the college.

Prof Kiptoo said a third campus in Butula Sub County courtesy of area MP Joseph Oyula to be opened soon will be the last in the county, noting that the three campuses will be elevated to centres of excellence.

The CEO thanked the Governor for initiating the construction of KMTC Busia Campus which opened the door to  first batch of students in 2017 with a population of 509 students currently , adding that the campus is a legacy Busia County residents will remember for ever.

Busia Deputy Governor, Moses Mulomi said the MoU will help grow the camous very extensively despite the limited resources.

He noted that the colleges will make a big difference to medical students in the County, adding that through Governor Sospeter Ojaamong’s effort there has been serious development in the health facilities. 

“Bumala B Health Centre has been upgraded to Sub County Hospital to enable the upcoming KMTC at Butula to operate. Similarly a lot of investment is going to be put in Kocholia Hospital to ensure the facility supports training of specialized medical services,” he said.

He further added that: “We appreciate the active role played by students in the operations and management of our health facilities as they undertake their courses,” he said.

Teso North MP Oku Kaunya thanked the County Government of Busia for the collaborative support given to the colleges to enable students to benefit. 

“The signing of the Memorandum will enable colleges like the KMTC Teso campus to move to the next step,” said Kaunya,adding that the some courses cannot be undertaken without adequate staff.


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