Counties employing quacks as Lab technicians,government agency warns !

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Other counties on the KMLTTB radar are West Pokot, Bungoma and Turkana.

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A government agency has raised red flags on increased cases of forged Kenya Medical Laboratory Technicians and Technologists Board‘s documents that are presented to regional governments by job seekers.

The board has consequently warned county governments against hiring the services of the disgruntled job seekers in their hospitals as laboratory technologists and technicians.

Speaking in Eldoret town, Luke Chemok, an official from Kenya Medical Laboratory Technicians and Technologies Board has urged the county devolved units to verify the authenticity of documents being presented to them by job seekers from Kenya Medical Laboratory Technicians and
Technologists Board (KMLTTB ) before hiring their services.

Chemwok was reacting to concerns by stakeholders in the health sector in North Rift and Western regions respectively  over the high number of unqualified laboratory technologists who have secured employment in county government run health facilities.

The most affected are private health facilities where a large number of quacks have secure jobs as lab technologist and technicians in the region.

Chemwok made the remarks  after attending a case where a former senior union leader they arrested was charged in court for acting as medical laboratory technologist at the public health hospital without
registering with the Kenya Medical Laboratory Technicians and Technologists Board.

The unionist, it emerged, has been working at one of  Uasin Gishu county government run health centres in the sensitive laboratory section for over seven years despite the fact that he had never
stepped inside the classroom of Kenya Medical training College.

Chemwok said they have enhanced crackdown on unqualified lab technologists and technicians operating in both public and private hospitals in North Rift and Western regions respectively where he
claimed, the vice was rampant.

He noted that the safety of hundreds of patients seeking services in such facilities on a daily basis was in danger and that there was urgent need to avert a major calamity that was waiting.

”This hospitals which are hiring the services of unqualified laboratory technologists are posing great danger to patients who are supposed to go through their hands in the lab,” said Chemwok.

Among the counties they have intensified their crackdown that has led to arrest of unqualified laboratory technologists and technicians include Nandi, Elgeyo Marakwet and Trans Nzoia.

Other counties on the KMLTTB radar are West Pokot, Bungoma and Turkana.

“We have arrested quite a number of unqualified laboratory technologists and technicians while others have gone underground on learning about our presence on the ground in our quest to weed out unqualified personnel in our public and private health facilities,” said Chemwok.

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