Cuban medics arrive in two weeks as counties ink deal

All is set for arrival of 100 Cuban medical specialists after the Ministry of Health and governors signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will see the new medics work  in  counties for two years.

The Cuban doctors are expected in the country on May 28 and are to be deployed to counties starting next month.

At least two Cuban doctors with different areas of specialisation will be deployed to each county.

The agreement by the Kenyan and Cuba Public Health ministry will also see 50 Kenyan doctors trained in that country, also for a period of two years, primarily on family health.

According to details obtained by the People Daily, the  Kenyan government will pay $4,000 (Sh400,000) for each doctor. However, the Cuban government will end up paying each doctor 1500 US dollars (approximately Sh150, 000) while ratains 2, 500 US dollars.

Health Cabinet secretary, Sicily Kariuki and Council of Governors (CoG) vice chair, Anne Waiguru led other Governors in signing the MoU, even as they indicated that the journey towards Universal Health Care (UHC) is a long-term undertaking, which requires regular consultation and coordination between the two levels of government and all actors.

The National government will cater for their salaries and remuneration while County governments will provide them with furnished housing, transport and security.

Waiguru said the process of sharing the medical specialists was consultative and inclusive, with every county receiving the expert they needed most.

“If we can do this consultative sharing for the 100 doctors from Cuba we can also share the local medical specialists and make sure that all counties are covered,” said Waiguru.

“Cuban doctors shall be deployed to work with the existing medical teams in the counties. It is a process that has gone through rigorous vetting and has found qualified doctors who speak English to be able to serve the local populations,” said the CS.

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