how many doctors are in Kenya currently ? All doctors operating in Kenya have to be registered with the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board.
The agency’s latest data – released in March 2018 – listed 6,394 actively practising Kenyan doctors. Of these, 2,591 were specialists. A further 939 were foreign doctors with temporary licenses, bringing the total to 7,333.
Kenya’s national statistics office puts the country’s population at 46.6 million people for 2019. Dividing this by 7,333 doctors results in a ratio of one doctor for every 6,355 people – not 16,000.
Kenya produces 600 doctors a year but many do not get employed by counties, a medical association official has said, painting a grim picture of the public health sector.
KMPPDU secretary general Ouma Oluga spoke following a survey that found Kenya needs 83,000 doctors to meet WHO standards and fully address challenges, yet loses 25 a month.
The doctor to patient ratio is one to 17,000 against WHO’s ratio of one to 1,000, revealed the study by the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union.