Intern doctors urged to put their safety first in hospitals
Published on: March 17, 2021 12:27 (EAT)
Intern doctors have been urged to put their safety first as they work in various hospitals during the current COVID-19 pandemic. This has been said by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council Chairperson Dr. Eva Njenga who says it is necessarily for the doctors to remain safe as the country experiences the third and deadly wave of the COVID-19 virus. Dr Njenga, who was speaking during the oathing ceremony of MKU pioneer medical students before proceeding on internship, also underscored the need for the intern doctors to desist from administering dangerous drugs (DDA ) before getting clearance from their seniors. She pointed out that some doctors were notorious in administering drugs like morphine without following the laid down guidelines, putting the lives of their patients at risk. Twenty-Four MKU medical students took the oath clearing them to proceed on internship. Currently, there are about 543 registered medical interns in the country. Kenya has about 15,752 doctors with one doctor expected to serve over 3000 people. MKU Board of Directors Chairman Prof. Simon Gicharu urged investors to invest in the health sector, even as the country goes through a period of turmoil in the health sector. Last year, Mount Kenya University Medical School was ranked among the top in Kenya with a score of 82 out of the possible 100 points in an inspection conducted by a joint team of technical health experts from the East African Community (EAC) Partner States National Medical and Dental Practitioners Regulatory Councils. The medical school was established in 2014. The University met the necessary requirements for the training of medical students in a task which ensured that 13 institutions were inspected.