Govt. plan to hire Tanzania doctors is on course    

NAIROBI, Kenya, 21 March 2017 – Health Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Cleopa Mailu has confirmed the Government’s plan to recruit Tanzanian doctors is on course.

The CS said the process of hiring doctors is not an association matter but a Government to Government agreement, in response to the Tanzanian association of doctor’s claim that they have not been consulted on the recruitment exercise.

Speaking after the inauguration of the Pharmacy and Poisons Board of Management on Tuesday, the CS noted that an association does not provide jobs to doctors, “Government has the highest responsibility to its citizens to ensure they are taken care of.”

“We are happy our doctors are back to work. What we want is to get out of the chat and move forward.  I am confident our program will go forward because our doctors are few and they work extraneous hours,” Dr. Mailu emphasized.

The CS restated that it will not be possible to pay the doctors for the days they were on strike.    The Tanzania doctors are expected in the country in April and they will be distributed to health facilities across the country.