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Kenya yet to meet WHO neurosurgeons threshold, says health official

Source: The Star

Kenya does not have enough neurosurgeons, medical services director Jackson Kioko has said, noting many patients are referred to hospitals outside the country.

Kioko noted on Wednesday that there are 18 neurosurgeons, a number way below the 56 required for a country to meet World Health Organisation standards.

“Out of the 27 neurosurgeons in East Africa, 18 are in Kenya. The number is, however, not sufficient for cases,” he told the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital Neurosurgery Conference in Eldoret.

Sixty of the patients screened at the camp which began on Sunday will all have undergone surgery by Friday.

“I thank MTRH for coming up with such camps in collaboration with experts from other countries,” Kioko said.

MTRH collaborated with experts from Carolina and Kenyatta National Hospital.

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