Kaimosi Friends University College has opened partnership talks with the Jumuia Hospitals Limited to strengthen training for the proposed School of Nursing, whose establishment peaks this September.
The University plans to rope in the Government to help bring to life an Intensive Care Unit at Jumuia Friends Hospital Kaimosi with sights on training specialized critical care nurses at the facility once the School of Nursing matures.
The hospital, which neighbours the University in the vast Kaimosi Complex, has a 10-bed ICU wing equipped with an oxygen plant. However, this potential to breathe life into the much-needed critical care in the region is idle due to lack of human resources for health.
KAFUCO hopes later establish a critical care training center to expose and stoke the interest of Nursing students’ in the niche specialization, thereby boosting their expertise and employability.
The deal is informed by KAFUCO’s mission to provide quality education to meet the needs of a dynamic society. Currently, there’s a gaping shortage of ICU care in the Western region, with just Kakamega offering no more than five operational beds.
Further, dearth of institutions training of critical caregivers has left the life-restoring units operating at fractions of their capacities in the wake of increasing demand for specialized care.
The Principal Prof Ogodo M. J Nandi on Wednesday March 30, 2021 met a delegation from the Jumuia Hospitals Limited led by National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) General Secretary Rev Canon Chris Kinyanjui for talks on the proposal.
Prof Nandi said the fruition of the deal offered “both institutions opportunity for growth with KAFUCO standing to benefit from improved training.”
The University’s expansion plan entails mounting of a Medical School.
Mr Kinyanjui pledged commitment towards the partnership, stating that the unit would be a critical boost to quality healthcare in the larger western Kenya region.