KMPDU demands termination of doctors' programme in Cuba

Tuesday March 19 2019

Dr Hamisi Ali Juma

Dr Hamisi Ali Juma allegedly committed suicide in Cuba. The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union has called for immediate termination of the doctors training programme. PHOTO | COURTESY 

WINNIE ATIENO
By WINNIE ATIENO
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The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union has called for immediate termination of the doctors training programme in Cuba.

The union, which says the programme has not benefited the health workers, has recommended that the sponsorship be provided in Kenyan universities.

The union was reacting following the death of Dr Hamisi Ali Juma who is alleged to have committed suicide in Cuba due to frustrations.

In a statement, KMPDU Secretary-General Ouma Oluga said that doctors had expressed their frustrations over non-payment of allowances.

“The Kenyan embassy exhibits high-handedness when concerns are raised. It is ironical how Cuban doctors in Kenya receive royal treatment with chauffeured transport and lavish living funded by taxpayers’ money,” Dr Oluga added.

BURIAL

The relatives and friends of the Kenyan doctor, who died in Cuba, are meeting in Likoni to make his burial arrangements.   

Likoni MP Mishi Mboko, who is the doctor’s sister, said Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki had assured her that a