The University of Eldoret (UoE) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Elgeyo Marakwet County Government to establish a multi-million-shilling school of nursing in Iten.
UoE Vice-Chancellor Teresa Akenga lauded the deal, saying the university would have an opportunity to contribute towards developing the county’s health sector
“The school of nursing is important in the UoE masterplan. We thank the county government for the opportunity and we envisage to grow it to a well-established school of medicine offering unique courses in the health sector,” Prof Akenga said during the MoU signing ceremony in Iten.
Akenga said the nursing school would be established next to the Iten County Referral Hospital, and would be the university’s first campus to offer health science courses.
The vice-chancellor added that students at the Kenya Medical Training College Iten Campus would have an opportunity to upgrade their diplomas in nursing to a bachelor of science in nursing degree.
“Nurses are primary caregivers who are few in the country. We hope to use the Iten College to train more,” said Akenga.
Under the MoU, which was seen by The Standard, UoE will admit students through government and private sponsorship while the county government will allow the university to use county hospitals for teaching and research.
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While praising the deal with UoE, Governor Alex Tolgos revealed that his administration and the university would collaborate on several other ventures that would benefit all the parties.
Mr Tolgos said the university will start offering sports courses aimed at assisting those athletes who opted to train in Iten to take advantage of its high altitude.
The governor also noted that the health department, which had been conducting research on herbal medicine, would be granted assistance by the university.