WELCOME ADDRESS BY KAP NATIONAL CHAIRMAN

The Chief Guest, Key note speaker colleagues ladies and gentlemen.

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to this all important Conference. As the THEME: “TRAINING OF MEDICAL DOCTORS IN KENYA: THE WAY FORWARD” reads; it prudent that we, as key players; share our thoughts and be involved in shaping the future of young doctors we train in this country. We shall try to cover many aspects of training and how some aspects can be improved. We do not just want to train cognitively charged doctors who can detect CA breast from a mile and have no professionalism to manage such a patient humanely. All too often one hears of heart-rending tales of doctors’ experiences while in medical care by their colleagues.

Kenya Association of Physicians (KAP) recognizes the fact that many Medical Schools have been established in Kenya in the recent past. This is a very positive move to bridge the gap of Doctor: Inhabitants Ratio. When one looks at the ratio of Doctors to Inhabitants we are not ranked in Kenya. However, with a population of about 40 million and 8060 registered doctors as at March 2013 (MP&DB); the ratio would be 1 doctor to 5000 inhabitants.

The 8060 doctors registered by MP&DB as at March 2013, does not take into account attrition rates i.e. colleagues who have passed away, those who have left the country for whatever reason and those who are in the country but are not directly involved in patient care (for example those who have turned to non medical businesses or have become administrators in various fields). This ratio, not withstanding; is grossly inadequate. This is further compounded by the unequal distribution of doctors, most of who are in urban centers.

The growing number of Medical Schools is a welcome move; however, there is need to work as cohesive teams sharing experiences to enable us come up with uniformly well trained doctors. The 21st Century doctor ought to be a critical thinker and a life-long learner, cognizant of the environment they working in.

The 21st Century doctor should not just treat the patient in front of them for stroke; they should ask themselves from a practical point of view the questions, why stroke? Could it be prevented? How many people have stroke in the patients’ locality? What is common in those with stroke? Should I initiate a local study? e.t.c. Such analytical process goes for all ailments the doctor observes in patients.

Such thinking process could only occur in an environment where the doctor has quality time with the patient and not pressed for time to “clear the queue” Hence the need for many Medical schools, products of these Medical Schools should all be reading from the same script. That is the main gist of this conference.

In fact if you look at it critically we probably need to review the whole education system from nursery so that we are trained to be critical thinkers not just wrought learners to pass examinations!

It is my hope that by the end of this Conference we shall have made a contribution towards our goal, albeit, in a small way.

Finally I express my sincere gratitude to all who worked tirelessly to make this Conference be. These include the KAP Council members, the various Conference committees, pharmaceutical firms and last but not least KAP secretariat very ably handled by Mrs. Pauline Kimonge.

KARIBUNI.
With Thanks

Chairmans Signature

National Chairman KAP
Prof. J.O.Jowi
WELCOME ADDRESS BY KAP NATIONAL CHAIRMAN

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