EAC nationals qualified to work as doctors in Kenya, doctors registration board says

EAC nationals qualified to work as doctors in Kenya, doctors registration board says

Expatriates doctors from Tanzania will not be subjected to any pre-registration examinations as they have already completed their internship program in their country of training, the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists board (KMPDB) has said.

In what appears to be rubbish allegations made by the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentist Union (KMPDU) Secretary General Dr Ouma Oluga that the doctors from Tanzania will have to be scrutinised before they are integrated with their Kenyans colleagues.

The KMPDB Chief Executive Officer Daniel Yumbya clarified that under the Protocol, East African Community (EAC) doctors are exempted from sitting the Pre-registration Exam it is assumed that they have already completed their internship program in the country of training.

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“Under the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Act Cap. 253, the Board has made provision for Registration of Doctors who are East Africa Community (EAC) nationals and who qualify from recognized EAC Partner States Medical/Dental Schools,” Yumbya .

He noted, “the doctors must be East African nationals possessing a Copy of Passport/ National ID, Coloured passport size photo, Certificate of internship completion as well as evidence of Provisional/ Permanent Registration by EAC Partner State Medical Board/ Council,”

Statehouse spokesperson Manoah Esipisu yesterday confirmed that the government has reached an agreement with the Tanzanian government to import 500 doctors from the neighbouring East African nation in a bid to ease crisis in the health sector.

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In his weekly briefing at statehouse, Esipisu said the doctors from Tanzania will work on contractual basis, and their practice will only be restricted to public hospitals.

“It must also be noted that Kenyans work across our region – in Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, South Sudan, Somalia and even Ethiopia – and that nationals of these countries can work here without any hurdles,” he said.

Esipisu revealed that the curriculum in East African medical schools had been rationalised and a doctor qualifying in any East African country can work in another without further examination or exam.

The deal to employ foreign doctors was reached on Friday after meeting Tanzania President John Pombe Magufuli and Kenya’s Health Cabinet Secretary Dr Cleopa Mailu, at State House, Dar es Salaam.

While confirming the deal, Tanzania’s President said that the medics being sent to Kenya are those who are currently not in government employment and are willing to work in the country.

The development coming only a week after the Medical Association of Tanzania President, Obadia Nyagole, said that Tanzania was facing a shortage of 1,794 doctors and, therefore, cannot allow the country to export medics to Kenya.

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