BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,28TH MAY 2018-The government says the Cuban doctors who were scheduled to arrive in Kenya today, are now expected into the country next week, June 5.
According to Health CS Sicily Kariuki, the doctors will end shortage of specialised medical professionals in the country and will not take up any positions intended for Kenyan graduates.
The Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union Secretary General Ouma Oluga had earlier objected to the plan saying the move will not end the shortage of doctors in the country but take up positions meant for Kenyans.
Oluga argued that the State has no excuse to hire foreign doctors since the country currently has over 1000 unemployed doctors.
KMPDU further claimed that bringing in the Cuban doctors is an unnecessary expenditure that will cost the country more than Ksh.2 billion and could also weaken Kenya’s health system.
“Cuban Doctors will cost the taxpayer more than Ksh.2 billion without the additional expenses of Security, Transport, Housing and Food by the County Governments,” read a statement issued by Secretary-General Dr. Ouma Oluga dated April 30, 2018.
The plan by government to hire 100 Cuban doctors has been criticized by Kenyans as well as medical stakeholders who hold that there are enough health professionals in the country who can comfortably serve the country in any capacity.