Clinical Medicine Stakeholders Convene to Address Skills Gap

Mr. Bocha gives his presentation

The Department of Clinical Medicine convened a stakeholders meeting to give input into three Masters programmes set to be rolled out in a bid to enhance the training of clinical officers in the country. The programmes are; Master of Clinical Medicine – Child and Adolescence Health, Master of Clinical Medicine – Maternal and Reproductive Health and Master in Clinical Medicine – Oncology and Palliative health.

The programmes have been tailored to address the shortage of highly trained health practitioners in the country as well as provide skilled and competent personnel for realising the implementation of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) agenda.

During the meeting, Ministry of Health, Director of Clinical Services, Mr. Manaseh Bocha acknowledged that Kenya faces a shortage of human resource in primary health care and the three programmes will significantly aid in filling that gap hence providing the best care for people in our communities.

A section of the stakeholders during the meeting

The Director said with 10 Universities in Kenya offering training in clinical medicine, the country will be able to address issues of staff shortages, skills and competencies to manage primary health care and improve the referral health system.

While appreciating the stakeholders for accepting JKUAT’s call, the Deputy Vice Chancellor in-charge of Academic Affairs, Prof. Robert Kinyua urged them to give their invaluable input as JKUAT builds a strong workforce in the health sector.

“The involvement of stakeholders in this process is vital in coming up with strong and vibrant programmes that will readily and proudly be accepted by clinical practitioners in the country,” observed Prof. Kinyua.

On his part, Principal, College of Health Sciences (COHES), Prof. Harun Mengech lauded the efforts of the stakeholders but cautioned them not to replicate what the doctors in the field were doing. He advised the stakeholders to give input that will supplement the already existing health services and enhance the competence of clinical officers.

Prof. Kinyua makes his remarks

The stakeholders of the meeting were drawn from the Ministry of Health, Clinical Officers Council, Kenya Clinical Officers Association, Kenya Union of Clinical Officers and JKUAT (COHES). Chairman, Department of Clinical Medicine, Dr. Lawrence Karanja said, the establishment of the programmes was informed by the need of proficient clinical practitioners who will guarantee functional health systems that will ease the implementation of basic healthcare interventions and attain Universal Health Coverage.

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