Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) will from September this year start training Medical doctors. The MBCHB training will be offered through the School of Medicine housed under the College of Health Sciences (COHES) at the main Campus in Juja.
Making the disclosure at the University’s Boardroom after an intensive inspection process of the University’s curriculum and facilities which took over two years, the Chairman of the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board Chairman Prof. George Magoha said JKUAT met the requirements set to offer the training with an initial intake of up to 60 students.
Prof. Magoha who is also the Vice Chancellor of Nairobi University said the comprehensive presentation and tour of the different facilities that will be utilized by doctors in training had convinced his team that JKUAT had put in place the required staff, equipment, building and books to effectively offer the program.
Earlier, the JKUAT Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga said her university had an MOU with Thika Level 5 which spanned for five years and had been using it for training Clinical medical courses. JKUAT is currently collaborating with other Universities such as Moi and University of Nairobi in staff and student exchange.
Other institutions in partnership with the University are Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) Centre for Disease Control (CDC) Atlanta and Kenya’s Ministry of Health in varied postgraduate programmes at PhD and Masters levels.
Prof. Imbuga pledged to ensure that JKUAT would abide by the regulations and standards set by the board to produce medical doctors that were skilled and exposed to guarantee the maintenance of high standards in the medical field.
An elated acting Principal of COHES Prof. Zipporah Ng’ang’a said it was a long time dream coming to reality and reiterated that the school would offer quality training using high-breed systems that would incorporate conventional and community based approaches.
Prof. Magoha who is also the Chairman of the African Association of Universities was accompanied by the Board’s Chief Executive Officer Daniel Yumbya and another senior board official Baraza Otsyula.
COHES, which was started in 2010 offers among others Bsc in Nursing, Public Health, Physiotherapy, Clinical Medicine, Medical Microbiology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Medical Laboratory Sciences, and Radiography. Other courses include Bachelor of Pharmacy, Diploma in HIV Aids Management and Counseling, and Clinical Medicine.