Doctor unemployment in Kenya is a serious and multifaceted issue impacting access to quality healthcare for many Kenyans. The shortage of doctors in Kenya directly conflicts with the World Health Organization’s recommendation of having at least one doctor per 1000 people and the Abuja Declaration goal of allocating 15% of national budgets to healthcare.
Several factors contribute to this problem, including inadequate infrastructure, limited opportunities for continuing professional development, and a need for more motivation among healthcare workers. Additionally, a lack of funding for the healthcare sector has contributed to the issue of doctor unemployment.
To address this issue, urgent action is needed to increase healthcare sector funding, improve doctors’ working conditions, and provide opportunities for ongoing training and development. The government must prioritize healthcare and allocate a significant portion of the national budget towards improving access to quality healthcare for all Kenyans.
However, the current situation in Kenya, where the government is imposing various taxes and deductions while at the same time not increasing salaries for civil servants, is indeed a cause for concern. It is important for the government to carefully consider the impact of their decisions on the people of Kenya.
The proposed measures, such as the 3% Housing levy, the increase in NHIF deductions by 400%, the removal of medical allowances for civil servants, the increase in NSSF to 6%, and the increase in fees witnessed by UON in 2021 against the court judgment, will have a significant impact on the already strained finances of Kenyans. In addition, removing the Jab/KUCCPS systems will further affect access to education and opportunities for young people.
Therefore, the government must balance the need for revenue generation with the welfare of its citizens. In conclusion, while the government seeks to increase revenue and reduce public spending to meet the demands of international organizations, it must ensure that its decisions do not negatively impact the lives of its citizens. The government must prioritize Kenyans’ welfare over international organizations’ demands and work towards developing the economy sustainably and equitably. Let’s work together to improve the healthcare sector in Kenya and ensure that all Kenyans have access to quality healthcare.
BY DR. DAVJI BHIMJI ATELLAH