How Kenya is increasing its national health capacity

How Kenya is increasing its national health capacity

JAKARTA – The African continent has experienced the pain of the COVID-19 pandemic. Kenya, in particular. Every day, the number of transmissions of the virus originating in Wuhan, China, has increased sharply. Kenya’s health system has been disrupted – collapsed. Hospitals are full. Health workers (dwarves), especially doctors, are in dire need.

The government has not wanted to address this. The option of increasing the quota of doctors imported from Cuba is seen as a solution to restore the health system in Kenya. Instead of being welcomed, the plan has been rejected by all Kenyan health professionals and doctors.

The outbreak of the coronavirus in China has caused panic around the world. The transmission of the virus, which is ultra-fast, has affected the respiratory system like the estuary. No country is really prepared to face COVID-19. China must go to the village.

The measures taken came too late. The spread of the coronavirus has become uncontrollable. The Wuhan virus has started to spread around the world, from the Americas, Europe and Asia. The coronavirus has even intensified by hitting the African continent.

This is because life in Africa without Covid-19 is already very difficult. Take Kenya in early 2020. The presence of coronavirus in Kenya is described in language similar to falling off a ladder.

The Kenyan government failed to anticipate COVID-19. The impact of the transmission is becoming more massive. The number of people who have lost their lives continues to rise. The health workforce is mainly composed of overwhelmed doctors. Hospitals are full and medicines are running out.

The health workers who were on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19 were actually tired. The story unfolded because many health workers and doctors were also infected with the coronavirus. Some of them died. This was due to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s slowness in recruiting new health workers and bringing in personal protective equipment.

This situation has created a tense atmosphere in Kenyan hospitals. However, the Kenyan government has not been able to manage the situation. Communication between the government and the health sector is poor. A situation that has left many health workers in hospitals struggling individually.

In reality, the Kenyan government has a large budget to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, this budget has allegedly been corrupted. Health professionals and doctors have not remained silent. They have united to criticize the government.

They want their lives on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus to be taken into account. They are demanding bonuses and more allowances for their participation in the fight against COVID-19. This concern is supposed to strengthen the spirit and mentality of health workers.

Doctors are demanding quality protective gear, comprehensive health insurance, timely salaries, promotions and allowances, and shift exemptions for doctors who are pregnant or have congenital diseases. Union leaders are also urging the government to hire 1,000 unemployed doctors to address the shortage of manpower.

The doctors’ strike has been going on for months, and this time it’s timeless. Mercy Mwandani, head of the ministry’s administrative secretariat, told a news conference Friday that hospital conditions and protective equipment had improved in several areas and that the ministry was negotiating with health workers,” Abdi Latif Dahir wrote in his article on the New York Times website titled Kenya’s Health Workers, Unprotected and Falling Ill, Walk Off Job (2020).

The chaos and mayhem due to COVID-19 continues to emerge in Kenya. The government seems to be playing a role. It has tried to find an instant solution. The Kenyan government wants to increase the importation of doctors from Cuba.

The solution was found because importing foreign doctors was not new to Kenya. The Kenyan government had been collaborating with Cuba in the health sector. The Kenyan government then imported 100 doctors from Kenya in 2017.

47 specialist doctors and 53 family doctors each. The arrival of the foreign doctor has caused social inequality. Cuban doctors are more respected and their well-being is more guaranteed than local doctors. Their salary is only double that of Kenyan doctors.

Local health professionals and doctors do not want the same incident to happen again in 2020. Gelora rejects the government’s plan to bring more Cuban doctors throughout the country. Many of them have taken to the streets to continue criticizing the government’s measures.

Even though Kenya is in a critical situation due to the increasing number of people infected with the coronavirus, the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Association (KMPDU) continues to refuse entry to foreign doctors. According to it, about 1,000 local doctors are unemployed in Kenya.

They asked the government to immediately hire local doctors rather than bringing in foreign doctors again, which is not necessarily a solution. The government continues to consider bringing in foreign doctors.

The new Cuban government has ended cooperation in the health sector with Cuba in 2023. The Kenyan government no longer imports foreign doctors from Cuba. The decision was made to increase the capacity of national health workers.

“The government’s importation of Cuban doctors is unpleasant. We have qualified health professionals who were trained with taxpayers’ money, but the government does not take them into account. With the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, these specialized doctors will help our doctors manage diseases and exchange skills,” added KMPDU Secretary General Chibanzi Mwachonda, as quoted by Anadolu Ajansmen website on July 22, 2020.

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