DR JOSEPH IMBUNYA: A SON OF VIHIGA, DARING ABROAD

DR JOSEPH IMBUNYA / Be­cause of his ded­i­ca­tion to duty, Botswana’s Min­istry of Health recog­nised and ap­pre­ci­ated his con­tri­bu­tion in the health sec­tor and awarded him a pri­vate prac­tice li­cense in 2004. He opened a pri­vate med­i­cal prac­tice in Fe­bru­ary 2004

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Dr Joseph Imbunya’s 1998 trip to Botswana was a sim­ple mat­ter of look­ing for greener pas­tures.

He was then a med­i­cal su­per­in­ten­dent at Nakuru’s Me­nen­gai Nurs­ing Home and he was in dire need for a new chal­lenge in life.

Luck knocked at his door when he came across an ad­vert in one of the daily news­pa­pers. The Botswana gov­ern­ment was look­ing out for med­i­cal ex­perts to run its hos­pi­tals.

He did not think twice. He sub­mit­ted his ap­pli­ca­tion, was short­listed, in­ter­viewed and given the job.

This would start his so­journ down south that had cat­a­pulted him into be­com­ing an in­vestor and pro­pri­etor of the pri­vate hospi­tal in Gaberone by 2004.

“In­vest­ing in Botswana has been such a pleas­ant and re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” says the medic who once served as broad­cast doc­tor on KBC ra­dio.

“I got an op­por­tu­nity to show­case my po­ten­tial in the med­i­cal field while gain­ing valu­able in­sights on how to tap into my pro­fes­sion in terms of in­vest­ment.”

Be­cause of his ded­i­ca­tion to duty, Botswana’s Min­istry of health recog­nised and ap­pre­ci­ated his con­tri­bu­tion in the health sec­tor and awarded him a pri­vate prac­tice li­cense in 2004.

He opened a pri­vate med­i­cal prac­tice in Fe­bru­ary 2004 which op­er­ates to this day.

“My name was no stranger to the would-be clients. My abil­ity and po­ten­tial in the med­i­cal field needed no ad­ver­tise­ment to the peo­ple of Gaberone,” he says.

The health fa­cil­ity is well ser­viced with trained med­i­cal per­son­nel as well as aux­il­iary staff sourced both lo­cally and from the other sur­round­ing SADC coun­tries. It of­fers gen­eral med­i­cal prac­tice, fam­ily medicine, ra­di­ol­ogy. The hospi­tal has a pa­tient data­base of more than 55,000.

“The en­vi­ron­ment is fa­vor­able for the growth of my in­vest­ment. This is be­cause the med­i­cal in­sur­ance scheme in this coun­try is quite rig­or­ous, elab­o­rate, well ad­min­is­tered and or­ga­nized for both civil ser­vants and the pri­vate sec­tor.”

In the last ten years, the doc­tor and his wife, Jane, also a med­i­cal doc­tor, have en­deared them­selves to their com­mu­nity back home.

They have con­structed churches; they ed­u­cate the needy as well as take care of el­derly ne­glected by the com­mu­nity. He is plan­ning to re­turn home with the de­sire to help trans­form the com­mu­nity in Vihiga county.

“Of­fer­ing my­self for lead­er­ship is as good as giv­ing a so­lu­tion to the trans­for­ma­tion of the county,” he quips.

He is con­sult­ing the el­ders on the ex­act po­si­tion he will con­test in 2017.

“OF­FER­ING MY­SELF FOR LEAD­ER­SHIP IS AS GOOD AS GIV­ING A SO­LU­TION TO THE TRANS­FOR­MA­TION OF THE COUNTY.”

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