The first batch of 50 out of 100 Cuban doctors have arrived in the country .
The doctors landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) today Tuesday and were received by Kisumu Governor Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o who was part of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s delegation to Cuba when the deal was sealed.
The second batch of medics are expected to jet in on Thursday night.
The medics will then be deployed to all 47 counties after a two week induction exercise starting on June 8.
Furnished apartments, security, transport and a monthly salary are some of the privileges they will enjoy while serving the country for two years.
The specialists include among others five nephrologists, three radiologists, plastic surgeons, orthopaedic surgeons and neurologists.
The Health CS said deployment of the doctors to rural areas would improve access to specialist medical services and reduce dependence on the few referral hospitals in the country.
The CS added that 50 Kenyan doctors would travel to Cuba to receive specialised training, with a focus on family medicine.
President of the Republic of Kenya H.E Uhuru Kenyatta said 100 doctors from Cuba will help fill the gaps in county hospitals in a bid to ensure success of the Health pillar of his Big Four agenda.