Experts believe building local healthcare manpower capacity in East Africa more sustainable in the long run

Experts believe building local healthcare manpower capacity in East Africa more sustainable in the long run

East African healthcare authorities should invest more in their home grown talent to prevent brain drain

Nairobi, Kenya: As medical expertise is becoming more expensive to import, more countries are growing keen on medical tourism. The East African healthcare market needs to develop competence and increase professional capacity by investing more in local talent. This will encourage and grow the confidence of the population in their own doctors.

According to Dr Amit N. Thakker, Co-Founder of Avenue Healthcare, CEO of the Kenya Healthcare Federation and Founder of EAHF, “This is not just a matter of paying our own home grown professionals well, though remuneration is a factor, but we must also build the health sector capacity in terms of facilities and equipment.”

“There is still a negative attitude towards the developing private sector by senior specialists and high level civil servants in the Ministries of Health and the government in several African countries. Until the government develops some real public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the health sector, high level professional services in East Africa will struggle. Especially, since the public sector is inefficient and health workers have become de-motivated,” commented Dr Thakker.

Dr Thakker will be the Activity Director for the event at the Healthcare Management Conference at the 2nd Medic East Africa Exhibition & Congress organised by Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions. Exclusively supported by Kenya Medical Association, Kenya Association of Physicians and East African Healthcare Federation, the event will be held at the Visa Oshwal Convention Centre in Nairobi, Kenya from 23 -25 September 2014.