In Summary

  • Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Saturday announced the plan to send 500 doctors to Kenya to help address shortage of health workers and also mitigate effects of the just ended strike.
  • The doctors would be given two to three-year contracts, and would be posted to national, county and faith-based health facilities across the country.
  • The medical officers from Tanzania will step in to address Kenya’s poor doctor-to-patient ratio and burn-out of Kenyan doctors due to long working hours.

The Medical Association of Tanzania has faulted its government’s plan to send 500 Tanzanian doctors to Kenya, citing safety concerns and the unimplemented agreement between Kenya and its doctors.

“The association would like to know who will be responsible for the safety of the foreign doctors, given that there are already indicators of hate.

“We would also wish to know why this request has been made during the strike, and the implementation has to come a few days after the agreement to terminate the strike,” read a statement sent to newsrooms.

Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Saturday announced the plan to send 500 doctors to Kenya to help address shortage of health workers and also mitigate effects of the just ended strike. This was after meeting with a Kenyan delegation led by Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu in Dar es Salaam.

THREE-YEAR CONTRACTS

Speaking during an impromptu visit to the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, on Monday, Dr Mailu said: “By April 1, those doctors will be here as the recruitment process has begun.”

Dr Mailu said the doctors would be given two to three-year contracts, and would be posted to national, county and faith-based health facilities across the country.

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