Lamu residents have sent an appeal to the government to return two Cuban doctors who were recalled to Nairobi.
The residents said the two doctors provided them with proper medical attention and since there were no reasons given about their recall they should be returned to serve locals.
Led by youths and community activists Wallid Ahmed they said that the government should instead provide security to the medics while they carry on with their daily activities at King Fahad hospital and other hospitals in the county.
According to Wallid, Lamu County has suffered acute shortage of professional doctors and recalling Cuban doctors back to Nairobi was a thorny in their flesh.
He said the county was not badly affected by insecurity as the situation is calm.
Wallid revealed that the two doctors together with some few medics were depicted as saviours for Lamu county residents.
“They attended to acute health conditions and residents were flocking for their services, why recalling them now?” posed Mr. Wallid.
The two medics were recalled over the weekend according to Lamu Health executive member Anne Gathoni.
However, Lamu County Commissioner Joseph Kanyiri said that the action was not pegged on Lamu insecurity situation but redeployment.
He said the government will give an alternative move over the matter.
Meanwhile, gender and children’s rights defenders at the Coast have called on the government to review the move as counties bordering Somalia were facing drastic shortage of health professionals.
Led by Haki Africa deputy executive director Salma Hemed they urged the government to redeploy more medics in the county so that locals can enjoy proper heath services.
“Lamu residents should not be punished but get adequate and proper medical attention from the government,” noted Ms Hemed.