Deputy President William Ruto has said that the government is going to reverse the policy that transferred some staff of the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) to the counties.
He expressed concern that the policy which was in line with the devolution of Health services had adversely affected training of medical staff in the country’s 37 campuses of the KMTC and should be reversed to make qualified trainers available at the campuses.
Ruto said KMTC had faced challenges because of transition from a centralized system to the devolved government.
“Part of the staff that were training students were transferred to county governments yet the function of training is for National Government”, Said Ruto.
He revealed that the National Government was in the process of reversing that particular issue so that KMTC can get staff that were devolved back on their payroll to continue to provide the professional training as in the past. He also said that the government will increase the college’s budget by Sh500 million this year to facilitate capacity building in the new KMTC centres established around the country.
He was speaking during the 83rd graduation ceremony at the Kenya Medical Training College in Nairobi where 7,000 students graduated. The Chairman of the Board of Management of KMTC, Philip Kaloki said college is set to expand to every county by 2017.
“We have opened 16 campuses of KMTC around the country in the last one year so as to address the shortage of health staff”, he said.
Present at the ceremony was the Principal Secretary for Health, Ms Khadija Kassachon who urged medical workers to avoid resorting to industrial action whenever they had grievances as they provided very critical services to the country.