Kenya Medical Training College students photo:courtesy
The Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) is currently training medical students from Somalia.
This follows a request by the Somali government in its efforts to deal with the shortage of health workers in the country.
Some 200 nurses and clinical officers have already started training in different KMTC branches across the country following the partnership agreement between the State institution and the government of Somalia.
The health workers will be deployed to different health institutions in Somalia after their training.
“The students, most of whom are from Somaliland, are being trained with the knowledge that they will be deployed to serve in their motherland,” said KMTC Managing Director Peter Tum.
“Prolonged political instability in Somalia has caused a major crisis in the health sector. Other than the acute shortage of health workers, there are no proper structures in place in State hospitals and health centres across Somalia,” Dr Tum said in Kapsabet.
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Tum also revealed that Kenya is planning to open a new branch of KMTC in Mogadishu in January 2018 to facilitate medical staff training in Somalia.
“The college will cater for Somalia students who may not be able to afford the cost of training in Kenya,” he said.
Somalia does not have adequate medical workers and is forced to depend on non-government organisations and aid workers.
But the recent decision by US President Donald Trump to suspend funding to key health programmes in Africa has strained the NGOs offering health services.