The government will use Sh15billion to expand medical training colleges to meet the country’s demand for a skilled workforce in the health sector.
Deputy President William Ruto has said the government’s agenda to realise universal healthcare will only succeed if there is sufficient human capital.
Speaking during the 85th Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) graduation ceremony in Nairobi Thursday, Mr Ruto said the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that there would be shortage of 18 million medical practitioners across the globe in the year 2030.
He said it is because of this reason that the country was prioritising the expansion of health institutions to facilitate training of more medical personnel to avoid a shortfall.
“As government, we are committed to expansion of our health facilities to having enough human resource that can meet the health needs of the country,” said Mr Ruto.
“In the next two years, we want to make sure that we have medical colleges in all the 47 counties to equalize and meet the health needs for all our citizens.”
Mr Ruto said the number of students joining medical colleges has also increased from 19,000 in 2013 to 35,000 in 2017, saying this was a clear indication that the government was attaching great importance to the development of the health sector.
He said the efforts to improve healthcare since 2013 have contributed to major improvements in child and maternal health indicators with deaths of children below five years declining.
The Deputy President challenged the graduates to demonstrate their skills and competencies through service delivery and make a difference in the society.
Mr Ruto said their call of duty dictated that they should not be driven by other extraneous issues other than service to humanity.