NAIROBI– The first batch of 100 Cuban specialist doctors recruited by Kenya has arrived in Nairobi as part of initiatives by the government to fully implement its agenda on affordable healthcare.
The first batch of 50 Cuban doctors out of the 100 being recruited under a bilateral agreement with the Cuban government arrived here Tuesday amidst controversy over their salaries with local doctors protesting their recruitment. The other fifty doctors are expected to arrive in the country on Thursday.
At hand to welcome the doctors was Professor Anyang’ Nyongo’ of the Council of Governors Health Committee, and governor of Kisumu County. Nyongo’ was part of the entourage who joined President Uhuru Kenyatta in his state visit to Cuba in March when the deal was struck.
The Cuban doctors are expected to undergo a two-week induction programme before they are posted to work in the 47 counties across the country. Each county will get at least two specialist doctors.
The national and county government have signed a deal that will see the national government pay the salaries of the Cuban doctors while the county government will bear the cost for accommodation and transport.
A case brought o court by Kenyan doctors challenging the recruitment of the Cuban doctors has failed after the Labour Relations Court declined to stop their arrival in the country. The Kenyan doctors had argued they had not been subjected to a competitive process to determine their suitability to work in Kenya.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK