At a time when good quality healthcare is getting beyond the reach of many Kenyans, Masinde Muliro University has embarked on a programme to finally offer affordable quality healthcare services in the Western region and beyond.
On 8th November 2016, the University signed an MoU with Jumuia Hospitals Ltd. (JHL) under the aegis of NCCK at a colourful ceremony conducted at the revamped Jumuia Hospital in Kamoisi, Vihiga County. In the MoU the NCCK will among others areas of collaboration, further develop the improved Jumuia Friends Hospital to world class status and the facilities will then be available for use by professors, lecturers and students from the School of Medicine and other health -related professions at MMUST.
The partnership is the brainchild of the Chunge brothers- the Council’s regional chair for Western region Bishop Zedekiah Chunge and his brother Professor Charles Chunge, himself a reknowned medical practitioner.
The MoU signing ceremony was graced by the General Secretary NCCK Canon Reverend Karanja, the Chair Reverend Canon Rosemary Mbogo, Honorary Treasurer Mr. Sam Mwale, Jumuia Hospitals Ltd Chairman Mr. Kibuga Kariithi and members of the JHL Board. Also present were the Deputy General Secretary Dr. Nelson Makanda and many senior church leaders.
The University team was led by the Vice Chancellor Prof Fred Otieno and the Executive Dean (School of Medicine) Prof. Charles Chunge accompanied by senior members of Management at MMUST.
Canon Karanja asked practitioners in the medical field to be inspired and offer quality services to the people.”It is high time we considered accessibility, affordability and quality in the provision of our medical services,” Canon Karanja noted.
The MMUST Vice Chancellor Prof Fred Otieno noted that the signing was indeed a milestone toward realizing affordable quality healthcare in the country. “This is part of the fulfillment of the University’s Vision 2030 Project,” Prof Otieno noted.
The NCCK’s Hon. Treasurer Mr. Sam Mwale, noted that there is need to reduce the cost of healthcare in Kenya. “We are on the verge of making history,” Mr Mwale observed.
The Executive Dean Prof. Chunge noted that the Western region has one of the highest mortality rates and the partnership will be a contribution to mankind albeit in a small way. “This framework is extremely important to us because of the high mortality rate. It is possible to make a difference,” Prof Chunge reaffirmed.