Hon. Nakhumicha, CS to the Ministry of Health has revealed that her ministry has requested Sh4.9 billion from Treasury to fund the posting of medical interns.

Addressing the media fraternity yesterday, the Health Cabinet Secretary said that her Ministry does not have enough funding to sustain interns.

“The reason why we are not able to post interns immediately is that we must ensure that wherever they are going, they can get the training that they need to finish and get their licenses, for that training to be available we need to have these internship center adequately equipped,” she stated.

The CS indicated that the ministry is not allowed to post interns if it does not have the necessary funds to effectively sustain them.

CS Nakhumicha stated that the ministry will in turn compensate the medics for lost time during their internship.

“The conversation about the internship is not about posting, it’s a bigger conversation about healthcare financing, that we must get out financing for healthcare right so that then we can take care of all pillars of Universal Health Coverage. We have a pillar on human resources and that is where interns plug in,” she stated.