The government will spend Sh15 billion to expand medical training colleges to meet the country’s demands for skilled health workers, Deputy President William Ruto has said.
He said the funds will be used to expand laboratories and construction of hostels to meet the needs of the students, saying the development of a nation depends on the health and well-being of its people.
The Deputy President said the government’s agenda to have a universal healthcare for all Kenyans would only succeed if there is enough human resource to implement the programme.
Speaking during the 85th Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) graduation in Nairobi yesterday, the Deputy President said the World Health Organisation (WHO) had recently warned that there would be shortage of 18 million medical practitioners across the globe by the year 2030.
“We are committed to expansion of our health facilities to have enough human resource that can meet the health needs of the country,” he said addng that the Ministry of Health has been asked to set aside an additional Sh100 million to facilitate loans for students joining medical colleges across the country.
“We want to ensure beginning next year that all students joining KMTC and who apply for loans get access to them so that they can concentrate on their studies,” he said.
Health Cabinet secretary Cleopha Mailu said the government would continue to review the curriculum of training offered to students to cope up with the health needs of the country in the 21st century.
He said the government with the help of World Bank among other partners has embarked on training of 800 students from arid and semi arid areas with preference on those from vulnerable backgrounds.
“This is a major step in empowering young people from disadvantaged backgrounds acquire health skills as well as promote equity in access to medical education that KMTC endeavors to provide across the country,” he said.