Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) is set to recruit 150 medical trainers to serve in all its 71 campuses spread across the country.
According to KMTC, the lecturers will cover the existing gap of inadequate staff working in the medical entity.
While speaking to the media in Mombasa on Tuesday, KMTC Chairman Phillip Kaloki said the institution has allocated a total of sh200 million to employ the trainers.
He adds the institution has risen from the previous 28 campuses to the current 71 campuses spread across the country.
“We shall start Recruitment of medical trainers about 150 of them. We currently have a total of 51,000 students from the initial 19,000″ said Kaloki.
Mr Kaloki further adds that over 50 per cent of medical graduates have been absorbed in foreign countries.
He says the government has raised its funding for the medical entity from sh1.8 billion in 2014 to the current 3.6 billion.
“In 2014, revenue collected internally amounted to a total of 1.2 billion, a figure that has shot up to 3.7 billion of the internally generated revenue for the institution,” said
Prof Kaloki notes that KMTC students are spread out to over 50 referral hospitals throughout the country.
He says during the first wave of the coronavirus the institution accommodated a total of 5077 covid-19 patients spread in 44 campuses.
At the same time, KMTC Chief Executive Officer Prof. Michael Kiptoo pointed out that the institution has cultivated a warm relationship with all teaching and referral hospitals where medical students undertake medical practice.
He says the entity has gone uninterrupted after embracing the use of digital technology.
“The pandemic has not interrupted in any way because we have shifted to digital technology. Online is the way to go, let us embrace technology,” said Kiptoo.
Kiptoo further indicated that the institution has been adhering to all government protocols in a bid to ensure students throughout the country remain safe.
“We have handwashing facilities in all our campuses. KMTC was the first quarantine centre. We ensure that all students maintain social distances,” said the CEO.