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KMTC to be under Health Ministry management

26 August 2014, 19:01 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The Health Cabinet Secretary, James Macharia has said his ministry will be in charge of the selection of students joining the Kenya Medical Training Colleges (KMTC) and not the Education ministry.

Macharia said the Health profession is sensitive because it involves saving people’s lives thus need to have qualified practitioners to attend to the sick.

“Plans are underway for KMTC to be under the Health sector not the Education sector because we know the qualification standards of aspiring practitioners in the medical field,” said Macharia.

He said if the KMTC is under the Health ministry, there will be reduced many challenges the field is facing such as unqualified health workers, poor health service delivery leading to many deaths among others.

Macharia added his ministry will ensure that students who meet laid down academic qualifications to do a course in the medical field are selected contrary to the current situation where is alleged that money is the determinant.

He further said the government intends to upgrade a total of 94 Level 4 and 5 hospitals across the country u sing KES 3.4 billion next year.

“We have engaged the local administrators in the 47 counties and at least two hospitals will be upgraded in every county. The rehabilitation project is 100% the National Government’s initiative to decentralize the health sector and the selection of hospitals in every county is based on equity and fairness,” said Macharia.

His said the move to upgrade the hospitals in the country is as a result of their current pathetic condition of accessing health services by patients.

“Most of county hospitals are in pathetic situation some completely lacking facilities while those available are overstretched hence need to upgrade them,” said Macharia.

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