HealthCare in Kenya

Here we write about the current situation of healthcare in Kenya.

State of the nation Kenya – The Chicanery!

State of the nation Kenya – The Chicanery!

HealthCare in Kenya
By Dr. Omar Hamid. State of the nation you said? that time when a time check, reality check and better yet checks on the ups and downs the country has gone through? More than just a day when the Head of the sate shows up to address bunch of insensate and benighted members of Parliament in a live televised event.   We can never know how far we got where we are without taking a cursory look at the past to make sense and take stock of the present and to have a good view of the future. Going by our trends in this country for the last 4 years, Jubilee regime like any other sitting government had their fair share of not living to its expectations.   Please spare me the complacency of saying no regime delivers on its manifesto in totality. As far as i am concerned, a ...
THE KENYAN SLAVES.

THE KENYAN SLAVES.

HealthCare in Kenya
Who are you? Do you walk around priding yourself in your profession? Well it's time for a reality check. If you should have learned something from the teacher's strike and the ongoing doctors strike in Kenya is that You ARE A SLAVE!!! The slave master in this case the employer is protected by the law. In both instances the courts have declared the strikes Illegal. The constitution allows everyone to participate in industrial action but is that really the case? In the ongoing doctors strike the union officials were jailed. Does that remind you of a certain era in this country?? Does that remind you of a time in the United States? Does that remind you of a time in South Africa? A few days ago a Presidential directive was given for the striking doctors to go back to work. That was b...
DEMYSTIFYING THE DOCTOR’S STRIKE.

DEMYSTIFYING THE DOCTOR’S STRIKE.

HealthCare in Kenya
By Dr. Tabitha Njuguna. It is with heavy heart that I have read the article by Mutuma Mathiu dated 16th Feb 2017 on the Daily Nation "Doctors deserve fair salaries but there's sickening impunity". http://mobile.nation.co.ke/blogs/doctors-deserve-fair-salary-but-there-is-sickening-impunity/1949942-3816306-item-1-yx9l9v/index.html http://www.nation.co.ke/oped/Opinion/doctors-deserve-fair-salary-but-there-is-sickening-impunity/440808-3816306-xher8o/ I would like to respond as follows. I sympathize with him and any other patient that has suffered over the 2 months strike period or even before the strike. There has been cases of medical negligence and apologies are in order in that regard,nevertheless the medical board has been pro active in dealing with such cases. Howev...
What i Learnt from the meeting between KMPDU and the Senate today #KMPDUSenate

What i Learnt from the meeting between KMPDU and the Senate today #KMPDUSenate

HealthCare in Kenya
There was a lot to learn today from our Doctors and the struggle for better Public Health Care in Kenya. KMPDU met the Health committee of the senate and here is what i got from that meeting. I really don't have my own words, so let me just put the quotes for you and 'Listen so that you understand the key issues in the doctors strike.' 'The suffering of Kenyans is the reason why the doctors went on strike.What shall we tell the public?' Dr. Ouma Oluga. 'We have to make Human Resource at par with equipment'~ Dr Mwachonda Chibanzi. 'The only struggle for a doctor should be what's the best management for my patient'~Dr Daisy Korir. 'The media is also government machinery'~Dr. Daisy Korir. 'It's a shame as a country with 42 tribes for us to be rejecting doctors based on thei...
Poor? You Are a Nobody – The poor have no rights!

Poor? You Are a Nobody – The poor have no rights!

HealthCare in Kenya, Medical Stories
As the doctors strike in Kenya enters day 60, i just have to share this to the Citizens of Kenya so that you wake up. Health Care is not a privilege but a right to all Citizens! By Dr. Onyimbo Kerama. Last year, 2016, I attended a medical camp organized by Dr. Amakove Wala . The medical camp was in Huruma, in East Lands, Nairobi. I saw poor people. The people who came for care were so poor to a point I concluded that I am actually detached from normal mwananchi. That was the second time I felt elitist. The first was when I read that at least 6 million Kenyans play Sportpesa daily. Which people are these? Is it a generational gap?? Am I that old?? Anyway I digress. The people I attended to were so poor, I could not even relate to their suffering. Two cases were most desperat...
Lymphatic Filariasis – Elephantiasis, neglected tropical crippling disease.

Lymphatic Filariasis – Elephantiasis, neglected tropical crippling disease.

HealthCare in Kenya, Medical Information, Medicine, Surgery
Lymphatic filariasis also called elephantiasis is a disease caused by filarial parasitic worms that can lead to swellings of the limbs and genitalia. This usually leads to social stigma and severe disability of the patient making them to stay at home and not doing productive work hence economic loss. Currently the disease is affecting 120 million people with 40 million suffering the severe form of the disease around the world. The disease is endemic mainly in India, Africa and South America. In Kenya over 3 million people are at risk of the disease mostly the poor communities where sanitation is poor and mosquito breeding is rampant. There are campaigns on going to eradicate the disease by 2020. The government of Kenya set aside 1 Billion Kenya shilling for eradication of elephantia...
Why doctors should be well remunerated

Why doctors should be well remunerated

HealthCare in Kenya
As I pen down this paper, I understand that it will receive mixed reactions depending on an individual’s view of the medical profession. Some will say that I am biased because I belong to the profession but let us be honest, If doctors don’t speak for themselves, who will? All of us are aware that 2017 is an election year in Kenya. As such, there is bound to be a lot of industrial action by government employees who feel they have not been well reimbursed for the services they offer. One such action has been the protracted strike by doctors, currently in its 41st day. The lecturers have also threatened to follow suit. It is true that those who have borne the brunt of the doctors’ strike in Kenya are the poor patients who are in desperate need of the services. However, another group that

IT’S TIME TO SPEAK ABOUT THE DOCTORS STRIKE IN KENYA.

HealthCare in Kenya
Our country is in a desperate state. On one side of the divide, we have a government that does not care about its citizens but is only concerned about whether it will be re-elected. On the other hand, we have a clueless opposition whose main concern is to unseat the ruling government. In the end, the ordinary Kenyan has no one to speak for them. It is said that the moment we stop talking is the moment we stop fighting. So let’s sit down and engage in a little chat over the ongoing doctor’s strike in Kenya. Let it not just be a little chat, but serious discourse since this is a serious matter that requires every citizen to think carefully. I do not understand why a responsible citizen of this country would only be worried about elections which come in seven months while there is an u

Doctors Rejects Government offer since it doesn’t tackle issues raised in the signed CBA 2013, Doctors Strike in Kenya Continues.

HealthCare in Kenya
By Dr Ali Omar Doctors rejected the Government offer since it is out of context of the signed CBA 2013 hence Doctors strike in Kenya continues for the 2nd month. The Government side seems not to take note that Doctors in Kenya are on strike because of full implementation of the CBA signed in 2013. I have not seen the CBA being mentioned in any of the offers and statements. Doctors are not asking for salary increment but full implementation of the signed CBA which will eventually benefit all Kenyans. Here is why the offer was rejected today 6th January 2017 as the Doctors strike continues to bite. The governments offer has not addressed the shortage of doctors in hospitals. The CBA makes sure that more doctors are trained and are all absorbed in public service. The governm...

No Deal between the Doctors of Kenya and the President to End Doctors Strike.

HealthCare in Kenya
By Dr Ali Omar There was no deal between doctors of Kenya represented by a 7-member KMPDU delegation led by the Chairman Dr Samuel Oroko and Secretary-General Dr Ouma Oluga, and the Government of the Republic of Kenya represented by the President himself, heads of government ministries, CS National treasury Henry Rotich, the CS Health Dr Cleopa Mailu, the Chairperson of the Salaries Remuneration Commission Sarah Serem and the Chairperson of the Public Service Commission Professor Margaret Kobia. The day-long meeting held at State house Mombasa ended at 6:00 pm. After lengthy discussions, there was no deal reached between the two parties and the Doctors Strike continues as many Kenyans continue to suffer and lives are being lost. KMPDU General Secretary Dr Ouma Oluga said after...