The Medical Association of Tanzania (MAT) has asked the government to halt its decision to send 500 doctors to Kenya until the neighbouring country fully settles its agreement with the doctors’ union.
MAT chairman Obadia Nyongole said in a statement to the media that there were a lot of issues yet to be addressed regarding the fate of the doctors whom the government has offered to Kenya.
Dr Nyongole said the association would have supported the government’s decision to send the doctors to Kenya if this was done at the right time and with appropriate consultations.
“The government is doing right in its efforts to seek opportunities for unemployed doctors but MAT was not consulted on this issue,” he said.
President Magufuli said his government accepted Kenya’s request for Tanzanian doctors to plug shortages.
State House said the Tanzania doctors will be paid similar to Kenya’s medics, who last week ended a 100-day strike that has paralysed the country’s public health system.
Dr Nyongole asked the government to address the shortfall or doctors and specialists in Tanzania before sending them to Kenya.
Tanzania still faces acute shortage of doctors, he noted.