The government has withdrawn Cuban doctors deployed to work in Garissa and Wajir counties as the search for two Cuban doctors abducted in Mandera intensifies.
The decision to withdraw the doctors is as a result of insecurity in the regions with calls for anyone with information that would lead to the rescue of the doctors intensifying.
Security within Mandera remains right as security personnel seek information that could lead to the rescue of the two Cuban doctors abducted on Friday morning in the town.
Police spokesman Charles Owino said the National Security Advisory Committee reviewed the operational status on the kidnapping of Dr Herrera Correa and Dr Landy Rodriguez.
Through the National Police Service twitter handle Owino said concerted efforts are being made for their search and rescue by a multinational agency team.
He further said the team has also briefed Health, Interior and Defense Cabinet Secretaries.
Owino said Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki was in touch with her counterpart in Cuba, who is also receiving regular briefs on ongoing efforts to locate and rescue the doctors.
“Concerted efforts are being made for their search and rescue by a multi agency security team. The National Security Advisory Committee has also briefed the Cabinet Secretaries for Health Interior and Defense, who remain seized of the matter. In this regard, the Cabinet Secretary for Health Ms. Sicily Kariuki is in touch with her counterpart in Cuba, who is also receiving regular briefs on the ongoing efforts to locate and rescue the doctors” said Owino.
Owino assured the public and the international community that Kenya is safe as security agencies remain vigilant noting that they will spare no effort safeguarding the lives and livelihoods of all Kenyans.
“Further, we would like to assure all members of the public and the international community that our country is safe as our security agencies remain vigilant and will spare no effort safeguarding the lives and livelihoods of all Kenya” he assured.
The two doctors are among the 100 Cuban doctors who came to Kenya in June last year to boost provision of health services in an exchange programme to boost universal health care.