To cater to the needs of emerging and re-emerging diseases, KMTC has designed new post-graduate programmes in nephrology, anaesthesia, trauma medicine and several others.
The expansion has not been without challenges, however.
“Although the government pays for the training of human resources, for our facilities and infrastructure we have to really look outside,” said Mr Tum.
Besides, local universities and colleges have been expanding, eating into KMTC’s market share.
To implement this ambitious expansion strategy, KMT has entered into memorandums of understanding with county governments.
“County governments provide the infrastructure and facilities while we provide the faculty, training and equipment and we train,” said Mr Tum.
The MoUs’ give-and-take aspect is that KMTC trains 30 per cent of students from the host county in every intake.
This also empowers the counties because personnel trained at the devolved units are able to comfortably work under their unique conditions.
“Take, for instance, those trained in Laikipia and Mandera,” Mr Tum explained.
“It would be easier for them to be absorbed within their local zones because they better understand the in-county challenges and can fit well there, rather than posting personnel from other regions.”
In far-flung areas such as Mandera, the demand for human resource in health is very high.
The government’s Equalisation Fund has also provided resources towards this expansion, to which Mr Tum said: “Through this, we have been able to establish campuses in Taita-Taveta, Isiolo, Mandera, Lamu, Mtwapa and Hola. We now want to expand to Garissa.”
Eventually, the expansion will ensure every county has a medical training college, he added.
“That is why we have established campuses in Oloitoktok, Kapenguria, Marsabit and Kwale,” said Mr Tum.