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Lawmakers warned against politicizing devolution of Health sector

11 December 2013, 13:10 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - The Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Association Secretary General, Sultan Matendechero has warned political leaders against politicizing the devolution of Health sector.

Matendechero said the Transition Authority's (TA) unconstitutional rush to effect the devolution of the health sector without consulting its stakeholders poses future challenge of effective service delivery in the nation.

"Although the Constitution stipulates that there will be national hospitals and County health centres, it does not provide the framework on the appointment criteria and responsibilities of health professionals at both levels," said Matendechero.

"The TA's unconstitutional rush to devolve the health sector has resulted in County leaders politicizing on the provision of essential health services where they want bonafide County health professionals to be in charge of hospitals, then demanding locals be given priority in treatment over outsiders who may be in critical condition," he added.    

He noted that according to the medical professional code of conduct, health workers need to provide the essential services without discrimination, warning that the County leadership's interference in their service delivery will hamper performance.

He also stated that every citizen has a right to better health services hence the government should ensure that all counties have adequate health facilities before fully devolving the sector.

Matendechero said the nation has only five national medical training colleges and two Referral hospitals with a huge shortage of health workers in the country, thus reiterated the need to resolve the challenges before devolving the sector.

He said health workers will go on with their strike until the government comes into agreement with the health stakeholders' demands on devolution.

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