How Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital is bridging healthcare and sports for community wellness

By Washington Onyango | Nov 27, 2023
KTRH FC (right) in action against Barcadia in Kisumu.[Collins Oduor,Standard]

In the heart of Kisii, where healthcare meets sportsmanship, the Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital (KTRH) has emerged not only as a beacon of medical excellence but also as a powerhouse in sports, using football to showcase the remarkable synergy between public and private partnerships.

KTRH Football Club, a team fueled by the spirit of health and camaraderie, recently clinched the coveted title at the Inter-Hospital Games held in Eldoret.

Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital (KTRH) FC in Kisumu.[Collins Oduor,Standard]

Triumphing over formidable opponents such as Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, Kenyatta National Hospital, Kijabe Hospital, and Kitale Referral Hospital, KTRH FC emerged as the undisputed champions, bringing glory not just to their hospital but to the entire Kisii community.

Dr. Donald Ratemo Ongechi, the esteemed Chairman of KTRH, expressed immense pride in the achievement of the hospital's football team. He underscored the significance of this victory, stating, "Our mission at KTRH is to serve all, and we believe in achieving this mission through not only delivering excellent healthcare but also actively engaging with our community."

KTRH FC (right) in action against Barcadia in Kisumu.[Collins Oduor,Standard]

The hospital has been reaching out to various schools and communities through impactful outreach programs. Dr. Ongechi emphasized that these initiatives are not only about medical services but also about community building and fostering strong relationships. "We want to be more than just a hospital; we want to be a partner in the well-being of the people we serve," he stated.

Dr. Ongechi spoke passionately about the hospital's vision to collaborate with all 46 counties through football, recognizing it as a powerful vehicle for achieving a common goal—patient care. "Football is a universal language that can bridge gaps and bring people together. Our focus is not only on the local community but also on expanding our collaborations to the national and international levels," he affirmed.

KTRH FC (right) in action against Barcadia in Kisumu.[Collins Oduor,Standard]

The chairman highlighted the importance of public and private partnerships, stating, "Through collaboration, we can amplify our impact. When the public and private sectors join forces, we can achieve far more than we could individually. It's about working hand in hand for the greater good of our communities."

On a triumphant Sunday, KTRH FC showcased their prowess on the football field at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Sportsground in Kisumu.

KTRH FC supporters in Kisumu.[Collins Oduor,Standard]

They thrashed Barcadia FC from Kisumu with a resounding 5-2 victory before sealing their dominance with a 3-1 win against Agha Khan Hospital. These victories not only exemplify the football prowess of KTRH FC but also symbolize the hospital's commitment to excellence in all aspects of community life.

As KTRH continues to excel in healthcare and sports, the hospital stands as a shining example of how collaboration, community engagement, and a shared passion for wellness can create a winning formula for success.

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