Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists (KMPDU) board has called on the government to move in with speed and ban free medical camps that are not certified by the board.
KMPDU board chairman George Magoha claimed that some organizers of the free medical camps were offering substandard services in the guise of offering free clinics therefore threatening peoples’ lives.
While addressing the 41st Kenya Obstetrical and Gynecological society annual scientific conference in Mombasa, Magoha said the board will implement some policies that will ensure foreigners get certification from the board before they are allowed to conduct any free medical camp.
The regulator body chairman raised concerns that some untrained personnel stage medical camps claiming they are experts, yet their services do not meet the board standards.
“People come into this country as if there is no government or no regulator and they create camps all over claiming they are experts so we are now saying we want to know you, we want to register you so that we can know what you are coming to do, so there is a policy with regards to that one,” said Magoha.
He said that the board is working round the clock to ensure implementation of policies that will regulate doctors to ensure they do not charge patients out of the ordinary charges for services.
“Sometimes you find that doctors request for money that are out of the ordinary which somebody cannot afford and our health statistics are still worse within East Africa, we are not spending enough money on health as compared to other countries like Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania,” he added.