Eldoret International Airport
Eldoret is locally known for its rich farm produce and is rapidly growing business community which has attracted many investors and business people to the region. Actually, most of the white settlers during the colonial period had farms at the place and there was a time that it used to be called ‘Farm 64’. It is also known as the place which produces most athletes in Kenya and thus has a special place in the heart of Kenya and worldwide.
The airport was established back in the 90s with the purpose of serving the North Rift part of Kenya. However, it faced many challenges because and wasn’t utilized as the government had envisioned especially for cargo flights. The government had to get back to the drawing board to seek ways of encouraging farmers and investors to make use of the airport.
Among the resolutions and measures implemented was to waive some fees as well as construct a dry cargo depot which would lure farmers to use the airport. This so its expansions as the government sought to create more space for future demand.
There are various carriers which operate from this airport. They Include;
- 540 Air Services
- Air Kenya
- Egypt Air Cargo
- Jetlink Express Ltd
Eldoret International Airport – which is located in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County in the North Rift; a place which is popular because the major lakes which make up the Great Lakes of Africa are found there. It is also the home of almost 95% of athletes who have always raised the Kenyan flag higher in various athletics competitions.
The Home of Champions
I had the opportunity of visiting Eldoret city in 2012 when I was posted at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital for my internship prior to graduating with a degree in medicine. This was my first time in the town and I looked forward for greater opportunities through my one-year internship.
I didn’t expect to find a city which had so diverse culture and heritage and one which was much busy. I had always thought that it was a small town according to the stories that I had about it. Actually, even after landing at Eldoret International Airport, I concluded that it was just a small town.
I hadn’t expected that I would have to travel for the next 25km before I could reach the central business district of the city which proved me wrong. I found a city which was so much alive with various business activities. It was very busy that evening as people were hurrying home.
Life in Eldoret Town
Sadly, I hadn’t booked a motel where I could spend the evening, and therefore after the can dropped me in town, I was stranded for some minutes because I didn’t know which motel would offer the best services. I decided to call a schoolmate and in quiet for the best place to spend the night.
My friend preferred that I’d rather stay at their home before I could settle down, but I declined the request because I wanted so privacy and independence. He then gave me several options to choose from and decided to book a stay in one motel just a few kilometers from the CBD. This would enable me to stay in a calm environment away from the nightlife of the city.
The following morning, I prepared the necessary documentation and headed to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital where I was to report in order to register for the internship program. The health care center is the second largest referral hospital in Kenya and it soon became the place where I worked for the next two years.
While there, I enjoyed working with one particular oncologist who was very friendly. I had the dreams of pursuing my master in clinical radiology and I knew that the experience that I could get while doing my internship and particularly in the oncology department would be vital in my studies. He taught me a lot about cancer screening, treatment and the various chemotherapeutic services which were needed in various cancer treatments.
I also learned a lot about palliative care for cancer victims especially on encouraging patients to feed on special diets which enable them have good mood and fell more confidence despite the fear of the dreaded cancer.
Social Amenities in the Town
During my internship, I had the opportunity of visiting other private hospitals in the area which too offered some good services such as St. Luke Orthopedic and Trauma Hospital and Mediheal Hospital & Facility Center where too I interacted and networked with other medics.
Eldoret town being the home various famous athletes such as Moses Kemboi, David Rudisha, Kipchoge Keino and others, I found it irresistible to too start going for jogging sessions in the morning. As a matter of facts, I was a bit plump and Eldoret has a conducive atmosphere which enables these famous athletes to practice successfully. After my first visit to Iten, a few kilometers from Eldoret town, I developed a passion for jogging in the mornings and evenings after work.
These helped me to burn a few calories and consequently loose a few pounds. Such intense exercising also makes one to get used to eat good and nutritious foods which provide the energy needed for fitness. I soon found myself too accustomed to eating healthy foods.
Even though, I later moved out of the town and back to Nairobi city to pursue my master degree, I still visit the place from time to time to catch up with old friends.