The delivery of  health care services  in Homa Bay  got a shot in the arm after  the  Kenya  Medical Training  Colleges  Board   authorized   the  opening of   Two  Medical  colleges  in  the  County.

This brings to three, the number of Medical Colleges   in the County.

Rachuonyo   and Sindo MTCs are meant to boost the human resource and expertise on the county’s medical facilities that had faced shortage of qualified medical personnel for a long time.

The   Rachuonyo   MTC, located   at  the  local Sub County  hospital in  Kasipul, opened  its  doors  last week during  a colourful Ceremony while  Sindo  will be opened  in September this year.

Governor   Cyprian Awiti  and  chairman of  the Kenya   Medical Training  Colleges  Board, Prof  Philip  Kaloki who unveiled  the College, near Oyugis   town, described  it as a milestone in the campaign  to reduce the health burden in the  County .  They later inspected the on-going works   at  the  Sindo  MTC.

“The Training colleges  will only  help us  to bridge   the  Huma resource gaps  but  will create  jobs   and  business opportunities,”  said  Mr  Awiti.

Mr  Awiti  said  his government  will allocate more  land  for the  expansion of the  mothers  MTC  in Homa bay  and  the two new colleges for expansion.

He said the   County Government will sponsor the first 120 students to be enrolled at the College.

Deputy Governor   Hamilton Orata, Kasipul  MP  Oyugi   Magwanga,  County  Executive   Member for  Health , Dr Lawrence Oteng  and  Kasipul Sub County  Commissioner, Ms  Josephine Ouko,  among other  guests.

The  Two colleges   are being opened at a time   the County is  facing staff shortage   due to high number of  retiring  personnel.

The Homa Bay   MTC has a current  enrolment of  744 students    and the number is not sufficient.