By Kamundia Muriithi.
The University of Embu has announced plans to start offering Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery courses to increase the doctor patient ratio in the country.
The institution has partnered with the Embu Teaching and Referral Hospital, where students will be taught practical lessons and undergo internships.
The university had in 2014 entered into a memorandum of understanding with the hospital to offer degree courses in various medical fields, which culminated in the rolling out of a degree course in nursing.
Vice Chancellor, Prof Daniel Mugendi said the School of Nursing admitted its first full time undergraduate students from Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service during the September 2017 intake.
He said the university had met the requirements of the Nursing Council of Kenya.
Mugendi said they embarked on offering medical courses following a huge demand from their stakeholders and a desire to produce well trained health professionals for a healthy nation.
“We also have plans of starting the School of Health Sciences in collaboration with the Embu County Government and the Embu Level 5 Hospital, the School of Hospitality and Hotel Management and the School of Law among others,” he said.
He said they will later start courses in laboratory technology, clinical medicine, pharmacy and medicine in collaboration with the hospital.
Embu County Government Health Executive, Dr Jamleck Muturi said new facilities such as theatres, intensive care units and kidney dialysis centres, and expansion of human capacity had readied the hospital to train the medical students from the university.
They spoke during the university tree planting day when staff and students planted over 5,000 indigenous tree seedlings near River Kathita, to conserve the environment and reduce carbon gas emissions.