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Death Of Kenyan Medic In Cuba Pushes Gov’t To Probe Exchange Program

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Health CS Sicily Kariuki. / Courtesy

The government has sent a team of experts to Cuba to investigate the exchange programme of Kenyan doctors on scholarship in the Caribbean nation.

This was after one of the beneficiaries of the exchange program, Ali Juma, allegedly committed suicide last Sunday under unclear circumstances.

He was among 50 other Kenyan medical practitioners who were in Cuba undertaking a training programme on family medicine in the Carribean nation, sponsored by the government.

Speaking on Wednesday, Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki announced that the government has sent a team of experts tasked to assess the programme and document the challenges facing the Kenyan doctors.

Following the demise of Juma, there arose reports that the medics are frustrated and live under deplorable conditions.

Ms Kariuki noted: “I have today sent a team from the ministry to carry out the assessment of the programme that the doctors are undertaking, and document the challenges in connection with the Kenyan embassy, propose any intervention that is needed.

“With the comprehensive findings, we will be able to address and clear the air on what has been flying around and speculated on social media. I will be able to give a comprehensive press statement on matters Cuba when my team comes back with the facts,” Ms Kariuki stated.

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The team will be led by Health Chief Administrative Secretary Rashid Asman.

They are expected back to the country on March 30, with a comprehensive report to be handed over to the CS.

The Kenyan doctors have been in Cuba for now 11 months since the training began.

Despite the calls for calmness by the CS, Senators demanded an expedited probe into the status of the remaining 49 doctors.

The Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Union (KMPDU) Tuesday demanded the immediate termination of the training programme in Cuba claiming that it has not been beneficial to Kenyan doctors.

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Written by Jael Keya

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