The National Treasury has set aside Ksh1 billion to cater for salaries and other benefits of the 110 Cuban doctors, who started arriving in the country early this month.
According to Treasury’s report presented to the National Assembly’s Budget and Appropriations Committee (BAC) breakdown, the doctors will take home a total of Ksh563 million in salaries annually.
“The committee was informed that the project is a bilateral agreement between Kenya and Cuba and has an allocation of Sh1,001,922,000,” Kimani Ichung’wa, who chairs BAC, says in a report on the budget estimates for the 2018/19 financial year.
The Sh1 billion also includes an allocation of Sh238 million that has been set aside for training of 50 Kenyan doctors for a two-year postgraduate course in Family Medicine in Cuba.
Besides, a one-year diploma course in Family Medicine at the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) has been allocated Sh100,922,000 and a further Sh100 million has been allocated for Malaria Vector Control Programme.
The foreign medics started jetting in on June 5 amid a court case by Kenyan doctors opposing the move. A day later, Justice Onesmus Makau issued conservatory orders stopping the government from recruiting Cuban doctors, an order that seems to have been overlooked.
The Cuban medics are undergoing training at the Kenya School of Government where they will be inducted into the local healthcare system.
After the training, the foreign medics will be introduced to their local counterparts working in stations where they have been deployed.
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