Kenya Air Force Senior Medical Officer Col (Dr) Muinde shares a light moment with Mr Sifa Mwanje.
A delegation of Medical Officers from Kenya Air Force (KAF) recently paid a courtesy call to Mount Kenya University (MKU), and it’s College of Health Sciences, at its Main Campus in Thika, Kiambu County.
The delegation, led by Senior Medical Officer at HQ KAF Col (Dr) Justino Muinde, and Chief Dentist Col (Dr) Nicholas Mugweru was at the university to, first, engage the university in exploring areas of possible partnership and collaboration between KAF and the university, mainly in training, medical research, innovation and development.
The visit was also an opportunity to mentor students studying medicine at the university. At the core of this effort is Mr Sifa Mwanje, a needy Clinical Medicine student, struggling to raise his tuition fees at MKU. Mr Mwanje recently featured in the media after he decided to sell his kidney to raise the fees to enable him to pursue his dream of becoming a medical practitioner. As a result of the story, the leadership at KAF made a decision to adopt him by offering guidance through mentors who will steer him and others like him toward success in life.
While at the University, the KAF delegation held meetings with the University Vice-Chancellor, Prof Stanley Waudo, the Acting Principal, College of Health Science (CHS), Dr.Josphat Njuguna, the Dean, School of Medicine, Dr Juliet Gathara, among other key University figures. The team also toured various laboratories including Pharmaceutics, Environmental Health, Nursing, Research and Development, Dental and the School of Medicine Anatomy Laboratories at General Kago Funeral Home.
The KAF delegation also had occasion to address medical students, including Mr Mwanje, where they conveyed a goodwill message from Commander, KAF, Maj Gen Samuel Thuita. They also had an opportunity to share personal stories of accomplishment through struggle. The team urged the students to stop at nothing but the best in their lives.
Also in the KAF delegation were Majors Robert Onchiri, Peter Mule, Juliet Maithya, and Captains (Dr) David Mponda, Dr Fanuel Ojwang, Eunice Rono, and Sergeant Ann Kakenya.
KAF delegation with University Staff
Col (Dr) Justino Muinde addressing students at MKU College of Health Sciences
Col (Dr) Justino Muinde presents KAF memorabilia to Dr Josphat Njuguna
Maj Juliet Muithya gives a talk to medical students at MKU
Mr Sifa Mwanje gives his story to KAF delegation