MTRH joins MoH and UG County to commemorate World TB Day
Today Moi Teaching & Referral Hospital (MTRH),Moi University( MU) Indiana University(IU, USA) along with their joint Academic Model for Providing Healthcare (AMPATH) program joined the national Ministry of Health (MoH) and Uasin Gishu County Government in commemorating the World TB day at Huruma Grounds, Eldoret.
In the event which was presided over by Prime Cabinet Secretary, Hon. Dr. Musalia Mudavadi, EGH; Uasin Gishu Governor, H.E Jonathan Chelilim Bii and CS Health Susan Nakhumincha, the CEO MTRH Dr. Wilson K. Aruasa, MBS, EBS said the Hospital has invested in state-of-the-art equipment and staff capacity development for treating Tuberculosis (TB and other infectious diseases.
“MTRH is the only National Centre of Excellence for Managing Multi-Drug Resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) and Extremely Drug Resistant TB ( ExDR-TB),” said Dr. Aruasa.
He noted that the Government Strategy used to ensure patients access care for TB free of charge should be used in achieving Universal Health Coverage(UHC) for all Kenyans regardless of their ailments. MTRH, MU, IU through their Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare( AMPATH) program have researched and popularized the best model of realizing UHC( through their works in Busia, Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu, Nandi, Elgeyo Marakwet, West Pokot, Bungoma Counties) whereby each of the following 4 entities must contribute for sustainability: Family, County Government, National Government( through Ministry of Health and its agencies like NHIF, MTRH) and Development Partner where feasible.
He called on the Government of Kenya to Implement Universal Health Coverage so as to realize a bottom-up success in the Healthcare space.
The CEO also emphasized on the power of partnerships in making UHC and other Sustainable Development Goals( SDGs) realizable by 2030 for all to enjoy and benefit from good health and development.