Red carpet welcome awaits Cuban doctors in counties
1 months ago, 18 June 00:06
The majority of governors and health executives have welcomed the 100 Cuban doctors contracted by the Government to work in various hospitals across the country.
Letters of deployment signed by Director of Medical Services Jackson Kioko, show the doctors, who arrived in the country last Tuesday, have been posted to respective hospitals in counties as per discussions and recommendations between the Ministry of Health, Council of Governors and county health executives.
However, there has been mixed reactions from individuals working in the health sector with some saying the needs of counties with specific disease burdens seem not to have been considered during deployment of the expatriates.
In Baringo, for example, an intensive care unit (ICU) and critical care physician is expected to handle patients although there is no operational ICU.
The national government leased digital ICU machines but failed to install oxygen equipment.
“Kabarnet receives a number of patients who require intensive care but we always refer them to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) or Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH). I am not sure what the ICU doctor is going to do yet the ICU is not operating,” said Francis Koros, the nurses’ representative.
According to the Kenya Inter-Agency Rapid Assessment Mechanism (Kira), prevalent infectious diseases in Baringo include malaria, pneumonia, respiratory tract diseases and skin diseases.
On every first outpatient visit, 11.8 per cent of patients are diagnosed with malaria while TB affects 600 out of every 10,000 patients.
The county also handles many cases of snakebites; reported in Mogotio, Baringo South, Baringo North and Tiaty.
But Health Executive Mary Panga said the ICU would be in use once the national government disbursed funds.
“Though the ICU is not operating, I am expecting it to begin providing services by around September after receiving money under the 2018-19 Budget because there are some equipment we have planned to purchase.”
The county is also expecting a family doctor who, Panga said, would share knowledge with locals on some of the preventable diseases like malaria, pneumonia and respiratory illnesses.
“We are planning to take the family doctor to rural facilities to help implement primary health care that will result in fewer referrals to the major hospitals,” said the executive.
In Nakuru, a cardiologist will be stationed at the Level Five Hospital while a family doctor will be deployed to Naivasha.
Governor Lee Kinyanjui said the doctors would share their experiences and knowledge with local doctors thus boosting skills-sharing by the end of their two-year contract.
“The fact that different counties are getting different specialists from Cuba is a chance to have an exchange programme so that local doctors can get vast knowledge to attend to various ailments that would instead have been treated outside the country at a huge cost,” said Kinyanjui.
Dr Joseph Mburu, the in-charge at Nakuru Level Five Hospital, said heart diseases were common but there were no doctors, adding that a heart centre would soon be established.
Mburu said more equipment would be installed to complement the electrocardiogram machine and exercise equipment ...
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