Court okays Cuban doctors to work in Kenya

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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,19TH JUNE 2018-Cuban doctors hired by the government to work in Kenya are now free to continue discharging their duties even as their two year contract gets underway.This is after the Employment and Labour Relations Court dismissed two cases challenging hiring of Cuban doctors by the national government.

Justice Onesmus Makau  on Tuesday ruled that the Kenyan doctors who had moved to court failed to provide enough evidence to prove that the hiring of foreign doctors violated principles of national governance.

The judge also said the petitioners failed to show that unemployed Kenyan doctors possess the same skills as the contracted Cuban medics.

He however  faulted the government for not involving the public in the hiring of the foreign medics and for failing to advertise the jobs.

In response to the court decision, Kenya Medical Association said the discussion is set to continue in other forums, insisting the hiring was done contrary to international standards.

The Cuban doctors arrived in the country two weeks ago.

Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki signed the contract to bring the 100 medical specialists to Kenya in April during her trip to Havana, Cuba’s capital city.

 

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