Urgent need for biomedical engineers

The biomedical engineers Bill, 2015 — one of the 13 bills that have been proposed in the health sector since 2013 — seeks to carry out oversight on the training, registration and licensing of biomedical engineers in the country. PHOTO | FILE

What you need to know:

  • An official statement from Mulei Muia, Ministry of Health’s public communication, to the Jobs reported that there are only 420 BMEs employed in public hospitals. Of these, the report breaks down, a paltry 10 have an undergraduate degree and higher diploma.
  • About 140 of these bear the name medical engineering technologists and have only diploma qualifications.
  • The remaining 270 have certificates. These figures do not include the few that may have been hired by county governments.

“This is a person who can decide to wipe out an entire community by just altering a few things in the x-ray machine”, said a concerned Matungulu legislator, Stephen Mule as he discussed a bill he brought before the parliamentary committee in health.

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