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EDITORIAL: Address doctors’ claims

A doctor attends to a recuperating victim at Mediheal hospital in Nakuru on December 23, 2017. PHOTO | AYUB MUIYURO | NMG
A doctor attends to a recuperating victim at Mediheal hospital in Nakuru on December 23, 2017. PHOTO | AYUB MUIYURO | NMG  

The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Board (KMPPDB) should clear the air on allegations made by Kenyan doctors regarding an alleged flood of foreign medics into the country while some of their colleagues remain unemployed.

The doctors have raised the red flag over the qualification of some of the foreign workers, which should equally be investigated.

While the board says the doctors’ claims aren’t cause for alarm, it should directly engage them to establish the truth on the matters raised.

The regulator should also look into hospitals that are said to prefer hiring only foreign doctors despite the high number of qualified yet unemployed Kenyan ones.

The board should also review the process through which non-Kenyan doctors are licensed to practice in the country.

What is the procedure of hiring foreign medics and should they be taken on when there are locals who can do the job?

If there are gaps in certain specialisations that necessitate outsourcing of medical experts, then it points to a need to have more locals train in those fields as the health sector is too important to have to rely too heavily on foreign consultants.

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