Health

Unequal sharing of doctors hurting Kenya’s healthcare

Nairobi has the highest ratio of nurses to the population at 9.7 for every 10,000 people. file photo | nmg
Nairobi has the highest ratio of nurses to the population at 9.7 for every 10,000 people. file photo | nmg 

Kenya’s persistent healthcare crisis has been found to have a big professionals distribution problem that has left Nairobi with nearly half of all practising doctors and more than 70 per cent of dentists, a newly released sector report says.

The findings of the national survey released last Thursday indicate that the Kenyan capital has nine times the number of healthcare workers as there are in some of the farflung regions, confirming reports of entrenched inequality in access to health services across the country. 

The Kenya Health Workforce Survey found that the country has a total of 5,660 practising medical doctors and 603 dentists, nearly half of whom are based in Nairobi.

There are 9.5 doctors for every 10,000 people in Nairobi, while the coastal county of Mombasa is a distant second with 2.8 doctors for every 10,000 people.