Mr Chelugui disclosed that the two governments had agreed to send 20,000 nurses to the UK to address a shortage of 62,000 in that country. The CS said the UK government has also committed to building the capacity of Kenya’s medical training colleges and universities to train more nurses. Some 894 Kenyan nurses work in Britain’s public healthcare system, the National Health Service.
“We are exporting Kenyan nurses. Last month we were in London with President Uhuru Kenyatta and had discussions with the UK government, which agreed to take 20,000 of their 62,000 shortage of nurses trained in Kenya,” he said when he appeared at a meeting of the National Assembly’s Committee on Labour and Social Welfare in Mombasa. There is a benefit for us because our institutions are now being upgraded to international standards to offer training to fit the UK market.”
The first batch of nurses will leave Kenya by October 15.