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Kisumu is a port city, with a population of 409,928 (2009 census). It is the third largest city in Kenya, the principal city of western Kenya, the immediate

former capital of Nyanza Province and the headquarters of Kisumu County government. It has a municipal charter but no city charter. It is the largest city

in Nyanza region and second most important city after Kampala in the lake Victoria basin.

When the Europeans first settled in the area in the late 19th century, Kisumu became a trading post – attracting the Luo people from as far as Migori and

Siaya County. The Kisumu region was then occupied by the Luo community. A person going to Kisumu at that time would say, “Adhi Kisuma” to mean I’m

going to trade. Derived from the word “Kisuma”, the word for a trading post in Luo is “Kisumo”. The current name Kisumu is an English corruption of the word “Kisumo”.

An opposing theory states that Kisumu acquired its name from ‘Kusuma.’ The Maragoli word for ‘trading.’ Because, before the Luo arrived in the area, the

Maragoli were already trading with other people in the area like the Nandi and Maasai. It should be noted that some Luo words were acquired from the


Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital

The hospital was established in the early 1900s to cater for the health needs of the workers in the port town. Expanded in the late 1960s, it was then

commissioned as an extension of the existing district hospital and currently, it’s a teaching and referral hospital.

This Hospital has over 450-bed capacity and being a Level 5 referral hospital serves more than 20 district and sub-district hospitals in Western Kenya.

It provides curative, preventive and rehabilitative health services. From 1st April 2012, what was the New Nyanza Provincial Hospital was renamed the

Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital in memory of the Political King of Luo, the late Mzee Jaramogi Oginga Odinga.

This Facility offers, Comprehensive Obstetric Care, Family Planning, Curative In-patient and Outpatient Services, Immunization, Growth Monitoring and

Promotion, Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses, Prevention of Mother to Child transmission of HIV, Radiology Services (e.g. X-ray, Ultrascan, MRI, etc.) and Rural Health Training Centre / Rural Health Demonstration. HIV Counseling and Testing, Antiretroviral Therapy hence providing one of the best chances to students who intend to learn about tropical and infectious diseases in western region since hot weather climate promotes widespread Malaria as well as HIV/AIDS-related complications including opportunistic diseases and mother-to-child transmission.


We in GEP have partnered with several medical facilities to offer the following electives:

•Medical Technology
•Physical Therapy
•Rural Experience