Health CS defends move to import Cuban doctors

Health Cabinet Secretary, Sicily Kariuki, defended the move by the Kenyan government to import doctors from Cuba following a health agreement by the two governments.

The CS said importation of 100 Cuban doctors would ensure the success of the health pillar of the big four agenda of Jubilee administration as well as rolling our universal health care.

Her sentiments follow an outcry from a section of Kenyan medics who faulted the government of giving employment priority to foreign doctors while thousands in the country remain jobless.

The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) officials said despite their being a serious shortage of doctors in the country, the decision to bring in foreign doctors should put into consideration over 1,200 unemployed Kenyan-trained doctors.

CS Kariuki said the coming in of the medical experts would greatly boost specialized healthcare as well as bridge the gap of specialized doctors especially in the counties.

Speaking in Nyeri, the CS said there was need to shift focus from curative to preventive healthcare in a bid to cut down on huge budget incurred in treatment.

Strike notice

Separately, the Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Education Institutions, Hospitals and Allied Workers has issued a strike notice for its members working at the Kenyatta National Hospital over alleged poor pay and lack of promotion.

The Union says they will go on strike on 26th of this month if their extraneous allowance that they were promised on 2016 is not honored.

Addressing the press, the union secretary General Albert Njeru said in 2016 its members were promised 5000 shilling extraneous allowance each which the government has reneged on.

He further raised concern over failure by the institution to promote its members over long periods of time, saying its Members have stagnated on same job groups for over 15 years.

According to Njeru, Kenyatta National Hospital owes 3.5 billion shillings in unpaid allowances to its members and unless the amount is paid KUDHEIHA members will down their tools.





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