Talks to end the doctors' strike are due to resume Monday even as Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists (KMPDU) Union officials risk going to jail should negotiations hit a deadlock by Thursday.
Alice is currently attending a Tearfund training seminar in Dublin, Ireland put on for the winners of inspired individual awards from across the world. A number of Kenyans from #mamlakahillchapel and Nairobi together with brothers and sisters from Rwanda, Burundi and Brazil amongst many.
This Saturday, the 5th of December, we celebrate the 5th Patient solidarity day. This is a day mooted by Morris Moses Foundation in December 2011 to promote the central place of the patient in improving delivery of healthcare services. In traditional healthcare setup, the patient was relegated to the position of a recepient of health services with very little paticipation in their care. However, this is slowly changing as patients and their families get access to unprecedented access to health information fuelled by internet and are increasingly demanding to be active participants.
Slowly, the landscape is shifting from the traditional "Physician centered care to "Patient centered care ".
As we celebrate this day, please make a point of visiting a patient ( not necessarily your family or friend) in a hospital near you, especially the public ones. Encourage them, take them an item you think they may need in a hospital. Do also say hello to the care providers including the support staff and let them know that we appreciate all they do despite the many challenges and limited resources.
And finally, download a copy of the Kenya National Patient Rights charter and get to familiarize yourself with you rights and responsibilities as a patient. You will also get to know how to resolve a dispute with a health facility or a care provider in the event it happens. Please send us pictures of your visit.
Like Chinua Achebe said in his book; WHEN THE CENTER IS WEAK, WHEN THE CENTER WONT HOLD, THINGS FALL APART, the healthcare sector cannot boast of any meaningful improvements until that feedback is coming from the CENTER, i.e THE PATIENT!