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Ministry undettered by resignation of doctors

04 April 2014, 10:31

Nairobi - The Ministry of Health downplayed the exodus of doctors from public hospitals since the health sector was devolved in January.

The Principal Secretary for Health, Fred Segor, urged the county governments to hire more doctors and health workers to replace those that are moving from the public sector to the private sector.

“Just like other sectors, employees in the public sector are moving and we are urging county governments to recruit more doctors,” said Segor.

Segor was speaking a week after the Cabinet Secretary for Health commissioned a task force to look into the exodus of the doctors from the public sector.

Segor however attributed the movement of doctors to the lack of facilities in public hospitals.

“The reason why doctors are moving out is because we do not have enough facilities in our hospitals,” he said.

He added that the ministry was doing its best to equip hospitals.

Cabinet Secretary for Health, James Macharia, had earlier said that a total of 120 doctors had so far resigned in different counties across the country.

Macharia blamed the county governments for failing to address the doctors’ predicaments.

 – CAJ News

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