Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS), have entered into “a mutually beneficial partnership aimed at promoting the development of Korogocho Level 5 Hospital in terms of training capacity in health sciences and improving delivery of health services” in Nairobi County.
This has been actualized through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the NMS and JKUAT, Monday, August 16, 2021 at a function officiated by the NMS Director General, Lt. Gen Mohamed Badi and the JKUAT Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi at the NMS headquarters.
Welcoming the opportunity to work with the University’s medical specialists to improve the health services for the residents of Nairobi County through research and training, the Director General, said, NMS has been able to achieve significant progress in service delivery on various fronts including health services, and expressed his appreciation to the JKUAT management for their interest to team up with NMS on the Korogocho Hospital.
“We have already received equipment worth Ksh. 400 million for the hospital which will be useful in service delivery” at the facility, Lt. Gen. Badi revealed.
Noting that although the University has signed a partnership with Korogocho hospital, the Director General encouraged the University Management to explore more areas where specialists and expertise resident in the College of Health Sciences (CoHES) could support the County deliver on health mandate within the referral hospital network, beyond Korogocho.
In her remarks, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ngumi expressed her gratitude noting that the signing of the MoU symbolizes a major milestone borne out of discussions held between JKUAT and NMS, and reiterated JKUAT’s readiness to work with NMS to ensure they deliver on their mandate for the benefit of the people of Nairobi County and the country at large.
“Our medical specialists in the College of Health Sciences will leverage on their strengths and expertise under the framework of the healthcare referral system to strengthen training and research towards providing sustainable healthcare solutions.”
Prof. Ngumi made a plea to NMS to consider extending the use of accommodation facilities to JKUAT medical students and staff so as to dedicate and focus more time on service delivery at the new facility that is set to be launched soon.
The signed MoU that will be in operation for one year, provides a framework for cooperation that will facilitate the performance of complementary activities in teaching, and delivery of better health services such as students’ placement, research and training at the Korogocho Hospital and provision of clinical and consultancy services to the patients at the hospital among others.
The JKUAT Chairman of Council, (Eng.) Amb. Mahboub Maalim while congratulating the Director General for his recent promotion to the rank of Lt. General, welcomed the MoU signing milestone, hailing NMS for accepting to partner with the University to improve the health services in the county.
Present from NMS at the signing ceremony were; NMS Director of Health Services, Dr. Ouma Oluga, Director of Legal Services, Joseph Biomoo, and Deputy Director of Medical Services, Dr. Mohammed Musa, among others.
JKUAT was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Research, Production and Extension, Prof. Mary Abukutsa, who also witnessed the signing, COHES Principal, Prof. Haroun Mengech, Dean, School of Medicine, Dr. Reuben Thuo, Department of Child Health and Paediatrics specialists; Dr. Patrick Mburugu and Dr. Justus Simba, Director, Linkages, Dr. Kaibui Muikamba and Legal Officer, Richard Wokabi.