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Trans Nzoia County and University of Nairobi Partner to Enhance Healthcare Delivery

Trans Nzoia County and University of Nairobi Partner to Enhance Healthcare Delivery

Governor George Natembeya and UoN's Vice Chancellor, Prof. Kiama Gitahi, have signed an agreement to strengthen the county's healthcare services through UoN's Faculty of Health Sciences.

Trans Nzoia County and the University of Nairobi (UoN) have embarked on a collaborative journey to enhance healthcare standards. Governor George Natembeya and UoN’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Kiama Gitahi, have formalized a partnership agreement aimed at improving healthcare delivery in the county.

The agreement, praised by Governor Natembeya, promises significant positive changes, particularly for the recently launched Kijana Wamalwa Teaching and Referral Hospital. Despite significant investments in healthcare infrastructure, the county faces challenges in staffing critical areas. This partnership aims to address this gap and optimize the functionality of the referral hospital.

Outlined in the memorandum of understanding (MOU) is UoN’s commitment to utilize the facilities of Kijana Wamalwa and Kitale County Referral Hospitals for postgraduate medical training, focusing on specialized fields such as oncology, critical care, and neurosurgery. The agreement also facilitates the exchange of healthcare professionals and mentorship for resident doctors.

Dr. Joseph Pepela, Trans Nzoia’s Health and Sanitation Chief Officer, underscores the broader benefits of the agreement, including collaboration in research, innovation, and consultancy activities. He highlights the potential for technology transfer from UoN and its global partners, along with linkages to development partners and healthcare investors.

In return, the county government pledges to identify specialist lecturers from UoN, provide accommodation for resident doctors, and ensure conducive learning and working environments within its healthcare facilities. Dr. Wanjala, the head of the county’s health department, commends Governor Natembeya’s commitment to healthcare, noting the substantial budget allocation of over 30%.

UoN’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Kiama Gitahi, expresses appreciation for the partnership, recognizing its transformative impact on the community. This collaboration marks a milestone as UoN’s first agreement for postgraduate medical training in a rural setting, aligning with the university’s strategic focus on community service.