DAR ES SALAAM
Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian doctors
on Friday opposed plans by the Kenyan government to hire them to
fill the gap created by striking medics in Kenya.
Elisha Osati, the Chairman-elect of the Medical Association of
Tanzania (MAT), said they were opposed to the move, emphasizing
that they were only ready for the move after the strike ended
and not now.
Tanzania’s Minister for Health, Community Development,
Gender, Children and the Elderly Ummy Mwalimu confirmed that the
Kenyan government has indeed made the request.
As the Kenyan doctors’ strike enters its 95th day on Friday,
Osati said: "MAT is not supporting Kenyan government’s plans of
employing Tanzania doctors."
According to Kenyan media, the country’s Council of Governors
Chair Peter Munya announced on Thursday that the Kenyan
government has embarked on plans to hire medics from Tanzania,
Ethiopia and Cuba in the next three weeks to replace striking
This development comes hardly a week after Tanzanian doctors
through MAT, asked the government to make endeavors to recruit
over 1,500 newly licensed doctors who are still unemployed.
At a press conference last week, MAT chairman Obadia Nyongole
said for over the past two years, the Tanzanian government has
not recruited newly licensed young doctors.
On Wednesday the Kenyan government said it had lost patience
with the slow pace of talks to end doctors’ strike and ordered
that the medics resume duty immediately.
President Uhuru Kenyatta directed county service boards and
the Health ministry in Kenya to take disciplinary measures
against all doctors who would fail to heed the order to resume
Despite government withdrawing a deal negotiated during the
meditation process, the doctors now say that they cannot be
coerced and bulldozed into returning to work without inking the
negotiated deal, local media in Kenya reports.
Kenya’s Health Cabinet Secretary, Cleopa Mailu, has expressed
disappointment in the doctors’ union for rejecting the offer
that had been proposed by the government.
President Kenyatta orders striking doctors to resume