More than 80 nurses have graduated from the Ortum Mission- School of nursing in a ceremony that saw Kenyans from different parts of this nation attend it. The nurses who graduated with Certificates in Nursing will now join the health sector which still experiences a shortage, especially in West Pokot county.

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Graduates - Ortum Nursing

Speaking during the 3rd graduation of community registered school of nursing, the chief guest Dr.Khadija Kasachoon- Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour & East African Community, said that the graduation of the nurses is a great step towards achieving better medical services in this county as a large number of the graduates will join the nursing profession. “I am grateful to be here today to witness this ceremony. As a child of this county, I know that our people will benefit from the skills that our graduates have acquired.”
Dr. Kasachoon maintained that the national government is and will continue to be committed in achieving the best health care for Kenyans.

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Dr. Khadija Kasachoon - Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour & East African Community

On her part, The Chief Officer in the Ministry of Health- West Pokot county, Christine Akuto, said that the county government is quite impressed with the kind of skills being offered at the school, pointing out that the graduates will fill the shortage of nurses that is still being experienced in Kapenguria Referral Hospital and across the county. “To be a nurse, you are in a noble profession. You will be the work force that is much needed in our county.”

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Christine Akuto - Chief Officer Health and Sanitation West Pokot County

Akuto also said that the county government had already sent Ksh 2.1 million to the school to aid the school towards greater achievements. She added that the county government will continue to put more resources in the health sector so that the people of this county will be able to access the best medical services.
The school principal Sister Nelly Kiplagat congratulated the graduates and all the stakeholders for turning the school into a beacon of excellence, by ensuring that the graduates come out with the best skills.
“today is a great day to all of us here. This is a great stride as a school and we hope to achieve more in the coming years. To our graduates, turn the skills you have acquired into real work and uphold the values.”
The graduates were from the Sept 2011, Sept 2011, March 2013 and Sept 2013 classes, all graduating with certificates in Nursing.

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Sister Nelly Kiplagat - Principal Ortum School of Nursing