Popular gospel musician, Jimmy Gait, on September 10, announced a petition that is aimed at exposing medical practitioners in Kenya who he accused of misdiagnosing patients or sending them to seek treatment abroad for kickbacks.
Gait, who has been in India in the last couple of weeks, revealed that during his treatment period, he met many of his countrymen also seeking medical assistance in the Asian country.
He further accused doctors in Kenya of exploiting patients and turning the medical sector in the country into a business venture.
The gospel music veteran turned his attention to President Uhuru Kenyatta by submitting a petition that contained five proposals over the issue.
Top on the petition was a request for the president to constitute a task force under the Universal Health Care pillar of his Big 4 Agenda.
The task force would be mandated to carry out civic education to the general public, on the rights of a patient with regards to quality healthcare.
He also suggested that patients should be allowed access to their medical records.
Gait's third proposal to Uhuru was to ensure the standardisation of the cost of treatment in all medical institutions in the country.
The musician then urged the Kenya Medical and Dentists Board to protect patients from misdiagnosis, negligence and unethical practices.
According to Gait, the board should also work harder to weed out quacks in the profession and include representatives from members of the public in the day to day running of the board.
The musician concluded by applauding medical practitioners who are committed to ensuring that their patients are served well and with the professionalism required.
Finally, Gait called for doctors in public medical institutions to be barred from operating private clinics, pharmacies and/or laboratories.
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