By VINCENT MABATUK
Kabarak University has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Medical Services for students pursuing medical courses to use the Rift Valley Provincial General hospital.
On Saturday, the university Vice- Chancellor Dankit Nassiuma signed the agreement with Medical Services Minister Anyang’ Nyong’o to allow students to use the hospital for research, clinical and public health practice.
Kabarak University is in the process of setting up the school of health sciences that will be part of its four programmes already being offered.
"In seeking to actualise this dream, the university today is going into a joint collaboration with the Government to offer attachments/placements for our students pursuing various academic medical programmes in order to get a diverse clinical exposure at the Rift Valley Provincial General Hospital," said Prof Nassiuma.
The institution that will be celebrating 10 years in September wants to train medical students to render services of the highest standard.
"With the birth of the new school, we aim at making our graduates exceptional Christian professionals, complete with the craved for morals and empirical knowledge, which has for a long time become the missing link in most graduates. In this regard, we shall equip our students with the necessary skills and a strong commitment to their professions and the society at large," he said.
The agreement will also enhance exchange of academic and scientific information through sharing knowledge, data, teaching materials, methodologies, technologies and further encourage joint research in the field of medicine.
The university’s chancellor, former President Moi, said the institution is at an advanced stage of putting up a large capacity teaching and referral hospital.
He said the new hospital, whose model has already been completed, will have a patient bed capacity of 500. "The university has already set aside Sh3 billion for the construction of the hospital and also acquired medical equipment valued at Sh1 billion," he said.