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.