MoH reveals new policy of coordinating migration of health workers to prevent destabilisation.
Ministry of health , MoH reveals news policy in which they will coordinate a well harnessed migration of health workers.
According to the acting director of Health, Patrick Amoth, there has been increased emigration of health workers in search of good conditions and better pay.
Through consultative meetings, a draft policy was formed to guide the health sector on all matters of health workforce labour migration.
Amoth stated,”Many countries continue to seek Kenyan health workers while on another hand, the country currently cannot offer employment opportunities to all our health worker cadres who graduate from our training institutions.”
“The migration if not well harnessed has the potential of destabilising or weakening our health systems through various ways, including antecedent brain drain and long-term economic loss on education investments that end up not serving the country’s needs,” he added.
He added that through this coordination, the ministry will prevent any possible gap of Kenya having inadequate health workers.
He stated,”There is a need to have systematic coordinated and harmonised health workforce migration process that will ensure the country’s mandate to provide health care is maintained.”
The agreement between Kenya and the UK on the recruitment of Health workforce was signed by former President Uhuru Kenyatta and ex-UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson in January 2021.
The first cohort of nurses was sent to the united Kingdom, Last year june.