Lake Region Economic Bloc Governors drawn from Kisumu, Kisii, Siaya, Kakamega, and Nyamira have held a consultative Summit and launched the Centre of Excellence in Healthcare Education and Training at Kisii University in collaboration with the University of Manchester. The model will sustain and strengthen the LREB health pillar and establish a model medical training facility in the region.
The 70-acre site will be located at Nyosia, Keumbu, Nyaribari Chache and will host a campus with 1000 bed capacity hospital, a comprehensive research centre, theatres, laboratories and schools of medicine pharmacy, dentistry, biomedical sciences and nursing.
This is the next step following the MoU signed between UK Health Alliance and local universities for the improvement of health care. Partner universities within the LREB that will be on the board include Maseno University, Kisii University, Egerton University and Masinde Muliro University.
The institutions intend to collaborate to promote specialist health care and research in non-communicable diseases, malaria, HIV and AIDS, sickle cell anemia, mental health and substance abuse, community health, infectious diseases and respiratory diseases.
In attendance were Prof. Graham Lord, Vice President the University of Manchester and Dr Richard Erlebach, the deputy Head of Office DFID, Governors Dr. Wycliffe Oparanya of Kakamega, Cornel Rasanga of Siaya, Amos Nyaribo of Nyamira, Kisumu DG, Dr Matthew Owili and the chair of Kenyatta University Teaching and Referral Hospital board of directors Prof. Olive Mugenda among other dignitaries.