Kenya hosts regional health regulators amid clamour for reforms
AMCOA president Kgosi Letlape and Education CS George Magoha, who is also the chairman of KMPDB, will address the capacity building meeting. Prof Magoha is the outgoing AMCOA president. The experts will discuss the role of the Judiciary in dynamic medical regulation, building of an effective registration platform and corporate governance in health regulation.
"We will be urging every health professional to take their rightful role in ensuring we achieve quality in healthcare provision and sustain it. For countries to realise comprehensive reforms in the sector, the importance of effective regulation cannot be gainsaid," Yumbya said.
He added: "We are confident of valuable outcomes from this regional meeting of medical boards and councils."
AMCOA is a grouping of medical regulatory authorities in African countries whose roles includes protection of public interest by promoting high standards of medical education, registration and regulation. Themed 'Core operations of a regulator,' the Nairobi meeting will further take stock of progress in the implementation of various protocols on healthcare provision and regulation advanced by AMCOA and adopted by member countries.
The association's mandate includes ensuring the provision of quality healthcare by setting standards for education and training, ethics guidelines and continuous professional development.
The AMCOA conference comes at a time when health regulators in Africa believe challenges in the sector are complex and cross cutting and require joint efforts to address.