Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) College of Health Sciences (CHS) held its 10th graduation ceremony virtually on 13th July, 2021. A total of 448 students from 13 courses were today conferred their Diplomas and Certificates. This makes a total number of 3,100 students to have graduated from since the first graduation ceremony in 2007 inception to date.
In the virtual ceremony graced by Prof. Sylvester Kimaiyo, Chief of Party AMPATH Plus/AMPATH Executive Director Care, the College was proud to graduate healthcare providers in Nursing, Clinical Medicine, Health Records, Orthopedics, Mortician Services and Anesthetic Assistants who were trained during the pandemic and are ready to go into the job market and serve the country.
MTRH Chief Executive Officer Dr. Wilson K. Aruasa, EBS, in his address to the graduands, said the College continues to offer market-driven cutting-edge courses specific to the ever- changing healthcare industry.
The College has grown tremendously over the years from a small room 56 to a fully-fledged institution with a complement of 1,200 students at any given time .
Dr. Aruasa thanked the MTRH CHS led by the Director for being the first institution of learning in healthcare to reopen amid the pandemic with the intention to produce healthcare workers well suited to work not just in the usual healthcare setting but also during a healthcare crisis. He indicated that the biggest lesson learned during the Pandemic is the need for Institutions and Individuals to be flexible and adaptable to new challenges in order to witness resilient and excellent performance.
“With the inception of new and unique courses including Health Leadership and Wound Care management, MTRH will continue to participate in training, healthcare and research as well as formulation of National Health Policies,” he added.
The CEO also conveyed his gratitude to the management and staff of MTRH, the Board of Management, Ministry of Health and the Government of Kenya for the support the Hospital has received that has immensely contributed to the success of the Hospital and by extension the MTRH CHS.
The CEO urged the graduands to take note of the three skills needed for the 21st century; Curiosity, Effective Communication and Constant, yet Positive Change.
The Chief Guest Prof. Sylvester Kimaiyo urged the graduates to take their professions seriously and ensure they engage their skills in doing something related to their training. He reiterated the need for patience and perseverance in life, noting that beyond any suffering follows appropriate relief.
The Graduation ceremony was graced in a blended manner by: Senior Director, Clinical Services, Dr. Philip Kirwa (Chair, MTRH CHS Policy Committee), Senior Director – Administration and Finance, Dr. Benjamin Tarus, Director, MTRH-CHS, Caleb Koech, Deputy Directors MTRH-CHS, Linah Chesir and Peris Kebenei, Director, Nursing Services, Titus Tarus among other members of faculty from the CHS.