NAIROBI, Thursday, December 7th, 2017: Training institutions have been urged to work together and develop strategies geared towards narrowing the growing skills gaps for health specialists in Kenya.
The Karen Hospital Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Betty Gikonyo said this during the 2nd graduation ceremony of The Karen Hospital Medical Training College (TKHMTC).
Her remarks come just six days after the release of a report by the Human Resource Development Unit of the Ministry of Health which indicated that Kenya is facing a severe shortage of specialist skills, hampering it’s plans to provide universal healthcare.
Dr. Gikonyo, who is also the founder and patron of TKHMTC said: “We encourage all of you to venture into specialised nursing so that you can come and fill the big void in the health sector.”
The ceremony was presided over by Prof Simon Gicharu who is the founder of Mt Kenya University. Prof Gicharu noted that there were resources required to meet the growing needs for health professionals.
“Kenya is yet to meet the nurse-patient ratios recommended by World Health Organization (WHO),” he added.
A total of 25 students who were awarded with Diplomas in Kenya Registered Nursing course will be given employment at The Karen Hospital.
Prof Gicharu praised The Karen Hospital for its decision to absorb the students into the hospital as employees. “This is a show of confidence as it goes to show you are well-trained and there is no doubt about it.”
TKHMTC’s board chair, Mrs Juliet Nyaga said the college was keen on offering courses geared towards meeting the growing market needs.
“We have been able to develop a curriculum for training clinical officers on cardiology at diploma level and are currently seeking approval from the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (KMPDB) to allow the college to offer the course to the clinical officers,” she added.
She revealed there were on-going discussions between The Karen Hospital Medical Training College (TKHMTC) and Fresno OMPT to conduct advanced trainings on cardiac rehabilitations and orthopaedic manual therapy for physiotherapists across the country. Fresno OMPT is an international community based educational group that practices and teaches current concepts in orthopaedic Physical Therapy.
Speaking at the same function, Mrs Ruth Muya, Assistant Director of Nursing Services at the Ministry of Health urged the graduands to pursue professional growth and development given the changing trends and new innovations in the medical field.
The school’s Principal, Mrs Eunice Bett said following the students exemplary performance, the school emerged second best in the Kenya Registered Nursing programme.
Mr. Frederick Omiya, a representative from the office of the Chief Nursing Officer at Ministry of Health urged TKHMTC to consider offering post-basic training to enable nurses who would like to specialise to do so.
The first graduation ceremony was held in March 2017 with all the five graduands being employed at The Karen Hospital.