[PHOTOS] Medical interns occupy Afya House, demand immediate posting

"Our knowledge is decaying, and we are losing opportunities to advance our lives."

In Summary
  • The interns claim that the Ministry of Health under the leadership of Health CS Susan Nakhumicha is jeopardizing their future by failing to post them within the stipulated time frame.
  • They said that they have been at home for two years now.

Hundreds of medical, dental, and pharmacy interns gathered at the Ministry of Health on Monday to demand their immediate posting, citing years of waiting after completing their studies. https://shorturl.at/NAX6i

A medical intern holds a placard as they protest for their payment and posting at the Ministry of Health, Nairobi on July 8, 2024
A medical intern holds a placard as they protest for their payment and posting at the Ministry of Health, Nairobi on July 8, 2024
Image: LEAH MUKANGAI

Hundreds of medical, dental and pharmacy interns gathered at the Ministry of Health on Monday to demand their immediate posting, citing years of waiting after completing their studies.

They said that they have been at home for two years now.

The interns claim that the ministry is jeopardising their future by failing to post them within the stipulated time frame.

Medical interns during the 'Occupy MoH' demonstrations at the Ministry of Health in Nairobi on July 8, 2024
Medical interns during the 'Occupy MoH' demonstrations at the Ministry of Health in Nairobi on July 8, 2024
Image: LEAH MUKANGAI

"We endured more than six years of grueling medical school, sacrificing our lives to acquire life-saving knowledge and skills, yet, the ministry is jeopardising our future," the interns said.

"We have been at home for two years now. Our knowledge is decaying, and we are losing opportunities to advance our lives. The psychological suffering we endure is immense. Without a license, we cannot practice medicine," they said.

Medical officer intern Blasio Bukens addresses the media during the demonstrations at the Ministry of Health, Nairobi on July 8, 2024
Medical officer intern Blasio Bukens addresses the media during the demonstrations at the Ministry of Health, Nairobi on July 8, 2024
Image: LEAH MUKANGAI

The interns are demanding their immediate posting and payments made in batches as resources become available.

They said failure by the ministry to do so will leave them with no option but to occupy Afya House until their pleas are heard.

Heavy police presence during the demonstrations at the Ministry of Health in Nairobi on July 8, 2024
Heavy police presence during the demonstrations at the Ministry of Health in Nairobi on July 8, 2024
Image: LEAH MUKANGAI
Medical interns protest at the Ministry of Health during the 'Occupy MoH' demonstrations in Nairobi on July 8, 2024
Medical interns protest at the Ministry of Health during the 'Occupy MoH' demonstrations in Nairobi on July 8, 2024
Image: LEAH MUKANGAI
Medical interns protest outside the Ministry of Health during the 'Occupy MoH' demonstrations in Nairobi on July 8, 2024
Medical interns protest outside the Ministry of Health during the 'Occupy MoH' demonstrations in Nairobi on July 8, 2024
Image: LEAH MUKANGAI
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