Clin­i­cal of­fi­cers to seek fresh li­cences in war on quacks

REG­U­LA­TION All quali ied prac­ti­tion­ers have one-year win­dow to ob­tain per­mits

Business Daily (Kenya) - - ECONOMY & POLITICS - David Herbling hdavid@ke.na­tion­media.com

Those found prac­tis­ing il­le­gally will be li­able to a ine of Sh100,000 and a jail term of ive years

Clin­i­cal of­fi­cers work­ing in Kenya have to ap­ply for fresh prac­tis­ing li­cences un­der a new law, which seeks to stream­line the pro­fes­sion and elim­i­nate quacks.

The Clin­i­cal Of­fi­cers (Train­ing, Reg­is­tra­tion and Li­cens­ing) Act 2017 pro­vides a one-year win­dow — be­gin­ning June 21 when the law was as­sented to — for all clin­i­cal of­fi­cers to seek fresh two-year per­mits to prac­tise the trade.

Pre­vi­ously, only those in pri­vate prac­tice had to seek an an­nual li­cence but the new regime will now re­quire even those work­ing in the pub­lic health fa­cil­i­ties to ap­ply.

“Af­ter the ex­piry of 12 months from the com­mence­ment of this Act, no per­son shall en­gage in the prac­tice of clin­i­cal medicine un­less that per­son has been duly is­sued with a reg­is­tra­tion cer­tifi­cate and a prac­tis­ing li­cence by the coun­cil in ac­cor­dance with this Act,” reads sec­tion 22(1) of the Clin­i­cal Of­fi­cers Act.

Those found prac­tis­ing as clin­i­cal of­fi­cers with­out li­cences will be li­able to a fine of Sh100,000 and a jail term of five years.

The new Clin­i­cal Of­fi­cers Coun­cil is also man­dated to reg­u­late the teach­ing and prac­tice of clin­i­cal health in Kenya by ac­cred­it­ing and ap­prov­ing the cur­ricu­lum used in uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges.

Those seek­ing li­cens­ing must hold a diploma or bach­e­lor’s de­gree in clin­i­cal medicine and com­mu­nity health, and has un­der­taken the manda­tory oneyear in­tern­ship.

Clin­i­cal of­fi­cers are trained to per­form gen­eral med­i­cal du­ties such as di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment of gen­eral dis­eases and in­juries.

The new statute re­quires the reg­is­trar of the Clin­i­cal Of­fi­cers Coun­cil to main­tain a pub­lic reg­is­ter of all prac­ti­tion­ers in Kenya and pub­lish the roll in the Kenya Gazette at the end of March ev­ery year.

Kenya Union of Clin­i­cal Of­fi­cers chair­man Peter­son Wachira said the new law clears the am­bi­gu­ity of who needed to be li­censed. “So long as you’re work­ing, you need a prac­tis­ing li­cence,” he said.

So long as you’re work­ing, you need a prac­tis­ing li­cence” PETER­SON WACHIRA | KENYA UNION OF CLIN­I­CAL OF­FI­CERS CHAIR­MAN

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PER­MITS Mr Peter­son Wachira.

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