Clinical officers demand apology from pharmacists

By Juney Karisa

The Kenya Union of Clinical Officers has given Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya Chairperson Paul Mwaniki a seven day ultimatum to issue a public apology.

The clinical officers claim it was unfortunate that Mwaniki was questioning their professionalism by claiming they cannot dispense drugs to patients without doctors.

Kenya Union of Clinical Officers Chairman Albert Taiti says they are qualified medical officers under the law and can administer medical care in absence of doctors who have been on strike for the past 21 days.

“What was purported by Dr Paul Mwaniki was very unfortunate bearing in mind that he is one of the beneficiaries of the prescriptions by well qualified clinical officers. We cannot take that lightly,” he stated.

“We are going to seek legal advice and we give Dr Paul Mwaniki seven days to apologise to the profession.”

Over 5,000 pharmacists registered to supply drugs to public hospitals in the country, on Friday threatened to cut supplies beginning 3rd of January 2017 if doctors’ strike is not addressed.

Led by Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya Chairperson Paul Mwaniki, they warned that subordinate staff that are currently administering medical care to the patients may not have sufficient knowledge of the drugs they dispense.

The pronouncement has irked the clinical officers who term the remarks as demeaning.

The clinicians claim over 70% of normal operations in all hospitals across the county are manned by their professionals and that they are certified under the law to administer medical care to patients even in the absence of doctors.

The union has since reassured Kenyans of quality service provision in all public hospitals amidst the doctors’ nationwide industrial strife that enters its fourth week.


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