In Kenya, it is necessary to obtain a medical certificate / health certificate / food handlers certificate of good health to reduce the challenges faced while working in the hospitality industry. As Kenya is a major tourist hub with many tourist attraction sites in different parts of Kenya, the personnel has to deal with all sorts of people from around the world
MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR FOOD HANDLERS / HEALTH CERTIFICATES
You will be required to fill a form and rest of form will be authorized by relevant health facilities
Identification document (ID card, Pass port, Birth certificate )
Consent to medical examination
WHAT DO THEY TEST FOR MEDICAL / HEALTH CERTIFICATE
(i). Eye test
(ii). Hearing test
(iii). Inspecting for a contagious bacterial/ viral infection in the blood and stool .
HOW TO OBTAIN FOOD HANDLERS CERTIFICATE
1 APPLY FROM COUNTY OFFICES
Visit the relevant county offices where you will be doing your business
You will be required to pay prescribed fee of around ksh 700 – ksh 3000
you will be required to undergo series of laboratory tests to ascertain whether you are fit for certificate
2. APPLY FROM HEALTH FACILITIES WITHIN COUNTY
Visit the nearest health government facility and make application for medical certificate
You will also pay prescribed fee
undergo series of tests at laboratory
Then one issued with certificate if he is clean and worthy
HOW TO APPLY FOR MEDICAL CERTIFICATE IN NAIROBI / CITY HALL
Food handlers in the capital city will now have to apply for their certificates 0nline.
City Hall plans to introduce a digital platform as part of its efforts to hasten the processing of the documents. The county government seeks to reduce turnaround time by 50 per cent. This will cover payments, testing and certification.
Moving forward, laboratory results will also be submitted online for approval and subsequent issuance of certificates.
“Currently, we have the county food handlers testing laboratories undergoing interlinking with other relevant departments and this will ensure smooth and speedy issuance of services,” Health chief officer Mohamed Sahal said yesterday.
It was further revealed that the National Bank, in partnership with the county, will oversee the digitisation. Food handlers will be required to make payments through M-Pesa or other online payment platforms.
The chief officer said training is underway for county staff at facilities such as Lady Northey Laboratory and STC Casino.
“The staff are being trained in how to use the system. In due time, it will be rolled out to other testing centres across the county. Workload will be reduced by 50 per cent,” he said.
The county government has been in the limelight for failing to test public food handlers in the past one year, despite collecting the requisite fees. This was revealed in August by the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), which raised concerns over the safety of food sold to residents or travellers.
Public health officers were accused of failure to carry out tests. KAM regional coordinator for Nairobi Robert Juma lashed out at the county for lacking the capacity to test, track and keep proper records to prove that one has been tested.
Juma said the county’s four licensed public laboratories were overstretched and not capable of carrying out the tests. He urged the county’s public health department to digitise its systems for enhanced and effective proper tracking of food handlers, testing and issuance of certificates of good health.