Health ministry posts 594 interns to alleviate shortage

Afya House/Ministry of Health. Photo/Monicah Mwangi
Afya House/Ministry of Health. Photo/Monicah Mwangi

The ministry of Health is going to post 594 interns in health facilities across the country.

In a statement by Mulei Muia the Director of Public Communications on Tuesday, 400 interns will be posted as Medical officers, 41 will be posted as Dental officers and 153 as pharmacist interns all under Job group L.

The move is going to help address the shortage of medics in various health centres across the country.

Currently, the health sector faces a shortage of 60,000 health workers, including 20,000 doctors.

The Kenya Service Availability and Readiness Assessment Mapping report shows that only 12 per cent of the medical staff in the country have undergone some form of training in the past two years to sharpen their skills.

Out of the total number of health workers who have undergone long term trainings, four per cent were on Masters programmes, 13 per cent on degree programmes, 51 per cent on diploma programmes and 32 per cent on certificate programmes.

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