- The conference has been organised under the theme, ‘Strengthening Primary Healthcare for Sustainable Development’
- “The programme will comprise a plenary session with over 40 abstract presentations, keynote addresses and sponsor presentations.”
Clinicians will from Wednesday converge in Kisumu for their 25th Annual Scientific Conference.
The three-day Kenya Clinical Officers Association conference is expected to be officially opened by Health CS Susan Nakhumicha.
The conference has been organised under the theme, ‘Strengthening Primary Healthcare for Sustainable Development’.
According to the conference organizing committee, some of the key thematic areas to be discussed during the conference include improving maternal and child health in the country, a multidisciplinary approach to Non-Communicable Diseases and integration of mental health services with primary health care.
“The programme will comprise a plenary session with over 40 abstract presentations, keynote addresses and sponsor presentations,” Joseph Chebii said.
Chebii is the National Secretary General Kenya Clinical Officers Association.
Other areas of interest include the role of Clinical Officers' specialists in primary care, medical ethics and patient’s rights in health delivery, embracing digital health, strengthening the primary health care system and environmental conservation.
The sustainability of HIV and TB in primary healthcare beyond waning donor support and enhancement of infection prevention and control to curb antimicrobial misuse and subsequent resistance are other key areas that will be discussed during the conference.
According to the SG, this year’s conference will be executed through a Hybrid model.
“Abstract presenters will attend the conference physically while the conference delegates will have the choice to attend either physically or virtually,” Chebii said.
“Continuous professional development for Clinical Officers remains our core mandate, and the Annual Scientific Conference is the culmination of all such activities every year.”
Kenya Clinical Officers’ Association was established and registered on July 9, 1981.
The association has a membership of about 5,000 Clinical Officers and 18,000 potential members drawn from and practicing in different parts of the country.
Of these, approximately 2,000 practices are in the public sector and 1,000 are in the private sector.