Cuban doctors start work in Lamu

County Chief Officer for Medical Services Abubakar Badawy (at the center) together with the two Cuban doctors posted in Lamu county. PHOTO: NATASHA NEMA.

Lamu, KENYA: Two of the Cuban doctors posted to Lamu county have finally commenced their work at the Lamu King Fahad hospital on Lamu island.

The two, an orthopedic surgeon and a physician have already been allocated houses at the hospital’s staff quarters upon their arrival in the county on Sunday.

Confirming the same, the County Chief Officer for Medical Services Abubakar Badawy said the two join over 500 other medical staff in the county to offer the much needed medical services in the region.

“We have received the doctors and have already settled them in at the staff quarters. They commenced work on Monday at the King Fahad hospital. We are looking forward to a better team and improved medical services for our people,” said Badawy.

He says the two experts will go around all hospitals in the county on a rotation basis to ensure their service and expertise benefit all residents in various parts of the county.

Badawy said the arrival of the Cuban doctors was a new dawn for the health docket in the county and called on other doctors and medical personnel in the county to cooperate with the pair to offer better medical services to the people of Lamu.

The Lamu County Referral hospital Medical Superintendent Ahmed Farid lauded the national government for posting the two specialists to Lamu and said the move will reinforce quality expertise and subsequently reduce referral cases.

“We trust that with these reinforcements of quality expertise, referral cases will reduce and subsequently the cost of the same will go down. We have for decades been forced to refer orthopedic cases all the way to Mombasa but now we believe that will happen here. Diagnosis of diseases like diabetes, hypertension and cancer will be done locally with the physician here,” said Farid.

He said the Medical Officers in the county are set to greatly benefit from the expertise of the consultant specialists as they interact to them in the course of their work hence improving understandability of the various medical issues for the good of the Lamu people while improving efficiency in hospitals.

“We look forward to working together with the new members of the team to improve standards of medical care here,” he said.