Cuban doctors deal officially finalized

The deal to bring Cuban doctors to Kenya has officially been finalized. Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki, who is currently in Cuba signed the contract to bring 100 specialized medical doctors. This brings to a close the journey that has been wrought with resistance, scandals ince last year when the announcement was made.

Members of the Kenya Medical and Practitioners and Dentists Board (KMPDB) are also in Cuba doing peer reviews on the doctors. Meanwhile, details pertaining to payment, accommodation and orientation of the doctors remain unknown. Last week, leaders from different counties raised concerns over the hushed way the Health Ministry was handling the matter.

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Specialized training

Furthermore, the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentist Union (KMPDU) insists it will not be involved in the process since it was not consulted from the onset.  According to the CS, part of the deal will see 50 Kenyan doctors travel to Cuba to receive specialized training, with a focus on family medicine.

Early this week, Chief of Staff and Head of the Presidential Delivery Unit Nzioka Waita said that under this partnership with Cuba, Kenya is bringing in specialists in complex areas of medicine, including ontology, nephrology and dermatology.


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    Written by James Mulanda




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