The Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital (KUTRRH) has been granted accreditation by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council (KMPDC) to serve as an official teaching hospital for Kenyatta University School of Medicine.
This accreditation, which is renewable every three years, is set to bolster the academic and clinical capabilities of medical students and further establish KUTRRH as a center of medical excellence in sub-Saharan Africa.
The approval comes following a thorough inspection by the KMPDC, ensuring that KUTRRH meets all the legal requirements and standards necessary for the training of medical professionals.
KUTRRH is already renowned as a National Referral Hospital with a remarkable 650-bed capacity, equipped to offer specialized services in Oncology, Trauma and Orthopedics, Renal, Accident and Emergency care, among others.
Mr. Mohamed Dagane, the Chief Executive Officer of KUTRRH, expressed his delight at the accreditation, emphasizing its importance in advancing the hospital’s reputation as a leading medical institution in the region. He remarked,
“The accreditation by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council is a welcome development that will help to advance KUTRRH’s positioning as a medical center of excellence in sub-Saharan Africa.”
This accreditation opens the doors for Kenyatta University students to access the wealth of knowledge and practical experience available at KUTRRH.
Students from other institutions, such as JKUAT, University of Nairobi, USIU-A, AMREF University, Egerton University, Moi University, Mount Kenya University, National Defense University, Nairobi Women’s College, and Mama Ngina University, will also have the opportunity to further their medical skills at KUTRRH.
Professor Olive Mugenda, the Chairperson of KUTRRH, highlighted the importance of maintaining high-quality medical education standards, noting that medical training in Kenya is heavily regulated.
She expressed her gratitude for the swift support provided by the Ministry of Health Cabinet Secretary, Susan Nakhumicha, during the accreditation process.
Prof. Mugenda stated, “We thank our Cabinet Secretary Susan Nakhumicha for her recent intervention and with this accreditation, we are looking forward to welcoming the first cohort of Kenyatta University School of Medicine in the coming days.”
As part of its commitment to nurturing future healthcare professionals, the KUTRRH Training Institute of Specialized Nursing (TISN) celebrated the graduation of its inaugural class of specialized nurses last June.
TISN, accredited by the Nursing Council of Kenya in 2021 and recognized by the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TVETA) as a tertiary institution, offers specialized nursing programs, including Higher Diploma in Critical Care Nursing, Higher Diploma in Oncology Nursing, Higher Diploma in Nephrology, and Higher Diploma in Perioperative Nursing.
In 2022, the first cohort graduated with 12 students obtaining Kenya Registered Oncology Nursing (KRON) certifications and 27 with Kenya Registered Critical Care Nursing (KRCCN) certifications.
This achievement underscores KUTRRH’s commitment to producing highly skilled healthcare professionals in various specialized fields.