Cuban doctors to arrive in two weeks time

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The Ministry of Health and the Council of Governors have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will govern the operations of the 100 doctors set to arrive in the country from Cuba by 28th this month.

The Kenya Medical and Practitioners and Dentists Union has however strongly opposed the program saying it is inappropriate to have foreign doctors whereas there are over 1200 locally qualified individuals who are still jobless.

Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki on Monday said the doctors will be distributed across the 42 counties.

Speaking during the signing of a memorandum with the Council of Governors’ (COG), Ms Kariuki said the doctors have already been scrutinised and their mastery of the English language approved.

Ms Kariuki added that 50 Kenyan doctors will in September travel to Cuba for a two-year training.

Commending the move, Council of Governors’ Vice Chairperson Anne Waiguru assured the ministry of their commitment.

The medics will help ease the the number of patients flocking to Kenyatta National Hospital and the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital for specialised treatment.