The Star (Nairobi)

15 November 2012

Kenya Needs 80,000 Nurses

Kenya faces a shortage of 80,000 nurses. Assistant Minister for Public Health Dr James Gesami said the shortage has affected provision healthcare and may lead to failure to attain Millennium Development Goal

He said the government has put up more than 201 primary healthcare facilities under the Economic Stimulus Programme but the facilities lack equipment and staff.

"Our healthcare system is seriously dogged with financial and human resource constraints. This is to add on lack of equipment and other medical supplies which enable proper provision of healthcare," Gesami said.

"Currently we have about 18,000 nurses in the public sector and a similar number in the private sector. We need at least 80,000 more nurses to address the available demand," he said.

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