Maasai Mara University to Set Up Teaching and Referral Hospital

Maasai Mara University Main Entrance

By Our Reporter

Plans are on course to establish a level five hospital in Narok County which will also be used as a teaching and referral hospital by the Maasai Mara University.

The university’s Ag. Vice Chancellor, Prof.  Kitche Magak said once established the facility which will also have a morgue. The hospital will assist the local community in accessing other healthcare services as well as enable the students pursing medical courses at the institution have an opportunity to use the facility for training. The VC said this during the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the university and officials representing the Narok Rotary Club.

A representative of Narok Rotary Evan Letapa said that once complete the project will benefit the local community, adding that they have been lacking nearby health facilities over the years. He spoke during a visit to the institution by the Director University education in the Ministry of Education, Mr Dairus Mogaka Ogutu, who represented the University education and research Principal Secretary Amb. Simon Nabukwesi.

In his remarks, following a visit of two universities in the Rift Valley, namely Maasai Mara university and Bomet university college, the Director university education said it was impressive that the universities were making progress in ensuring adherence to the Covid-19 preventive measures which include wearing of masks, using thermo-guns, having handwashing points with soap,  saniters and observing social distancing among students in lecture halls and dormitories.

Mr Mogaka emphasized that institutions were allowed to resume phased face to face learning for final year students, but with mandatory adherence to Covid-19 protocols.

“It is upon the university senate to ensure that phased re-opening strictly observes the Covid-19 set guidelines by the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Interior so to ensure safety of the students” he noted.

Mr Mogaka also said the Ministry had already embarked on the process of fast-tracking the appointment of council members in   certain universities whose terms had expired.

During his visit the Director also assessed the two institution’s Covid-19 reopening preparedness protocols as well as the progress of the ongoing government sponsored development projects.

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