Health CS Susan Wafula has claimed that intern doctors in Kenya are earning more than confirmed medical doctors.
According to Ms. Wafula, intern doctors pocket as much as Sh. 200,000 while confirmed medical doctors take home Sh. 104,000.
“Kenya is a country where interns earn more than the actual doctors when they are deployed. A medical intern earns close to Sh. 200,000 while a new doctor reporting to a public hospital earns Sh. 104,000,” said CS Wafula.
“Those inconsistencies there are things that need to be looked into. About the memo, it is something that is work in progress and something will be done about it.”
CS Wafula spoke during the Jeff Koinange Live show on Citizen Tv on Wednesday evening.
CS Wafula took over from former Senator Mutahi Kagwe who was the last CS for Health in the administration of former president Uhuru Kenyatta.
Ms. Wafula holds a degree in pharmacy from Turkey and a degree in procurement from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
“I did a degree in Pharmacy from Turkey but I also said I did not manage to be registered by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board Board (PPB) because of the difference in regulations,” she said during her vetting for the Health CS position recently.
“While I was doing that degree, I was working and was required by the PPB and the regulations in this country to do another one year-round internally, which I was not able to do because at that moment I was still working, had a life to live and other beneficiaries I had to take care of…so I wasn’t registered.”
She added: “Because of that registration I have always not placed my degree document in my folder so that questions do not arise.”
Speaking on her academic qualifications, Ms Wafula said she had first studied at the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) where she trained as a Pharmaceutical Technologist and graduated in 2000.
Thereafter, she completed the degree in Turkey before undertaking another degree in Procurement and Supplies from JKUAT.