Kenya to hire cheap, ‘inexperienced’ foreign doctors

Mostly from India and Cuba

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Doctors during a past strike. PHOTO: AL JAZEERA

Kenya will soon place advertisements in Cuba and India to attract at least 188 doctors who are experienced, jobless and more affordable than their Kenyan counterparts.

The two countries; Cuba and India, are well known for their word class medical training not forgetting that thousands of Kenyans seek treatment in the latter.

The country is experiencing a healthcare crisis at the moment because of the nationwide doctors’ strike which entered its 40th day, and the teething problem of shortage of skilled medical personnel throughout the country. Currently, the lowest-paid Kenyan doctor makes Sh1.52 million per year.

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Uhuru is welcomed by India Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House, New Delhi. PHOTO: PSCU

On the other hand, the lowest-paid general practitioner in India takes home an equivalent of Sh303,092 per year.

The move to hire foreign doctors is aimed at alleviating the shortage and improve medical services and research.

Kenya reportedly boasts 600 hospitals and about two-thirds of them do not have enough medics.

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Plans are at an advanced stage for the government to hire two foreign doctors for each of the 94 level four and five hospitals.

The plan is being crafted by the Council of Governors in collaboration with the ministries of Health, Foreign Affairs and Devolution.

Also, President Uhuru Kenyatta will spend a few more days in India after attending the ongoing Gujarati Trade Summit. He will be put to speed on the progress of agreements reached in Nairobi during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year’s official visit.

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