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The Best Job Ever, Point Blank with Asian Weekly 21st April 2017

The Best Job Ever

Dream Job

Imagine you are fresh out of school and all geared up for either an internship or perhaps you are lucky enough to get your first job interview.

Ah, them days! They have been full of disappointments or maybe some got lucky and were instantly hired.

Before we take a look at the job interviews, let’s take a look at how the world has changed.

Once upon a time, referrals got you your first job and in few instances the qualifications added to the possibilities. More than likely that became your job for life and you retired with it. According to a major publication, the worst jobs of 2016 include Military Personnel, Retail Salespersons amongst others. Some of the toughest jobs to fill in include Marketing Manager, Electrical Engineer amongst others. Best jobs include Human Resources Manager, Tax Manager amongst others.

The future needs a whole lot of medical practitioners including Nurses, Massage Therapists, Dental Hygienist and many more. It is as if the world is going to be one sick world and people are going to need a lot of medical treatment if not healing.

Back to our job interviews though, and it has been proven scientifically that for one, you can not predict job performance by doing a job interview. You must be thinking is that not obvious? Well sometimes some candidates bring on shining credentials and they hardly live up to them and vice versa. A street smart person may prove to be a better sales person than somebody who has earned a Masters in Marketing. Or maybe the Masters in Marketing may prove to be a better General Manager than a more experienced one. The tables can turn depending on the industry, type of job and especially the owners.

When the employees are “robots” then two people usually define the fate of the company, that is the Procurement Manager and the Chief Financial Officer. Unfortunately most establishments who have this set up are either family owned and even when hiring and firing, very little emphasis is given on an incoming or outgoing interview. Thus, just no point in making a case here.

But sometimes you may be lucky enough to get a boutique business that is really trying to make a difference and be the new spoke in the wheel. These game changers and visionaries do take their job interviews very seriously. Job interviews are necessary no doubt. They make the formal step to introduction, presentation and possibilities. Thus, the interviewee gets the opportunity to present why they are the best for the job and the interviewer gets the chance to assess him or her better and open the channel for communication. There, that’s it, communication- the key to any success or failure. One right message goes a long way and one very wrong message ends it all.

According to the Michigan State University’s School of Business, a written test is four times more accurate than an interview. Thus, the first step to a successful interview is to set it up well with goals in mind. Imagine you are hiring a sales person for your team, when the applications are coming in, why don’t you ask them to send you a mock power point presentation upon a client? That way you get to see their writing and strategy skills, then the best ones get the chance to make the presentation in person but make sure you have the other candidates inside the same conference room too. Sales people like to feel the competition and those who can handle it are the ones you should hire.

How about for the interviewee? You must understand the most important thing that your first job may not be the ideal one, but it is a great start, it is up to you to make the most of it. Just like in school they do not teach us how to cope with life, you need to learn your job skills on the job unless depending on your type of profession otherwise. You must also realize that while dream jobs help you achieve your dreams, does it pay for your daily life? Yes, the remuneration you take home is extremely important and while you may not get your ideal place to work at, there is always a start somewhere.

Time is very important and thanks to the Internet the knowledge is at your disposal, make the smart choice of getting the Best Job Ever.


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Posted by on April 24, 2017 in Uncategorized


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Doctors Digging Deep, Point Blank with Asian Weekly 20th January 2017

Doctors Digging Deep, Point Blank with Asian Weekly 20th January 2017

Doctors Digging Deep

Around last year in September the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin set a new precedent in the US Medical Schools. The students decided to read their own new version of the “Hippocratic Oath”.

The Hippocratic Oath is over 2000 years old and is from the Greek Hippocrates, considered “the father of medicine”.

However these American students felt it is outdated and decided to make their own values.

The Kenya Association of Physicians use the Hippocratic Oath, which goes as follows:

“ I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:

I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.

I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.

I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.

I will not be ashamed to say “I know not,” nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient’s recovery.

I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.

I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person’s family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.

I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.

I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.

If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.”

I draw your attention to:

I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.

In the recent buzz it has been said that we should limit the use of foreign doctors and their facilities into our country or seek medical care worldwide.

To the doctors, I ask, is not sharing knowledge and spreading this newfound care your duty?

To the hospitals, I ask, is not providing the best care and most affordable treatments, your duty?

To the governments, I ask, is not giving the best of quality of life to your citizens, your duty?

When our national hospital’s doctors and nurses are on strike over poor working conditions and ridiculously poor wages, how do you expect a nation’s health to prosper? We need the support of the private practitioners, whether they are local or international.

The best medical care system in the world is considered to be in Cuba where they have no private practitioners and the Government has full responsibility. Thus, you either have one way, or both but be fair.

There is no doubt that just like the Education industry, the hospitality industry is a great income earner and can be easily corrupted through negligence, too much red tape, unaffordable treatments and the list goes on. The hospitals can give themselves international certificates but how committed are they to provide affordable and meaningful care?

Yes price makes a big difference, that is why medical tourism still thrives and foreign doctors keep jetting into the country to sort out complicated cases. In any business to keep your human resources you need to give them attractive packages. The obvious remain remuneration, working benefits but also working conditions and most of all a culture led by the top down will make the difference in loyalty to serve one’s citizens.

Yes we should continue to import and why not export specialists because more minds are better than none. But this only possible if we are willing to improve for the long term and not short change the patients and cash them out. The human value must come above all and this for both the doctor and patient. A doctor, who cannot put his kids through decent schools, will also have to recalculate his commitment to his profession. While he or she may want to be the united states of humanity you can not expect a local born and educated doctor to be paid a useless remuneration, while an expat doctor gets the shine and dine?

It all comes down to culture; if our hospitals want to be the best then they have to be willing to be the best too. Practice a transparent, knowledgeable, affordable, equal pay, equal opportunity playground only then can we create a healthy environment for the patient, the doctor and the industry as a whole.

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Posted by on January 27, 2017 in Uncategorized


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Is Universal HealthCare Possible? Point Blank with Asian Weekly 10th July 2015

Is Universal HealthCare Possible?

Patient Care

Over a year ago I was admitted to hospital due to an asthma attack and like most people who don’t have medical insurance, I was in the waiting area receiving nebulization while funds were being organized to pay the deposit and admit me. I am lucky I have a family of doctors and it didn’t take long for the process and soon I was breathing easy.

But just imagine, you have to admit your loved one and there is no money. I did sign up for medical insurance eventually and went through a rigorous checklist of which one served me the best. But not everyone has the luxury to vet the best option and negotiate or really see which package will work for them and let’s face it is still expensive in most cases. Going back to the doctors and medical practitioners and their commitment to serving a patient, if someone is poor and needs urgent medical assistance, what happens then?

If you don’t have a doctor in your family or as a friend, then there is nearly nobody who can convince or influence the hospital to take you in and fix you on credit. Majority of Kenyans on low income end up at the Kenyatta National Hospital or Pumwani Hospital especially for maternity cases. Earlier this month the NHIF CEO Simeon Ole Kirgotty introduced their outpatient cover, which includes doctor consultations, lab tests, medicines, x-rays and a few other facilities. This has been possible due to the increased rates of NHIF contributions and maybe this will be the best way forward, removing reliance on big medical insurance covers. According to Cabinet Secretary for Health James Macharia there are about 5 million registered in the NHIF. However unemployed have not been catered for and they are facing the brunt of almost no medical care in an emergency.

Then it comes down to Hospital and Medical facilities policies. And more than likely privately owned are rarely generous and profit margins matter more. Perhaps a contingency fund can cater for such emergencies per month and they can do a trial and see how best to fund it, seek solutions because medical care to anyone in need cannot be weighed by the heaviness of their pocket. Every human deserves a chance at getting better. Doctors too in the public facilities are looking for better pay and why not deservedly so. They have a court hearing on 29th July, where they are looking to have the Ministry of Health register their Collective Bargaining Agreement, which will give them a 300% increase in their salaries and allowances.

It gets down to the basics, if the doctor is happy, he or she will be more than happy to treat their patient almost for free. There are so many doctors within the community that do put in their quota of charity and they deserve the applause, but if a better and long lasting solution can be obtained for affordable care or free care for emergency cases with poor patients, then we are changing the world. If poor people can’t get jobs and fall under the NHIF benefits scheme then the Government needs to come up with a fallback plan. We also can’t have lazy citizens taking advantage, because also it is a known fact those employees who are receiving company medical insurance sometimes lounge at hospital waiting rooms to just get a day off or fake illnesses. This is another vice that needs to be considered; unfortunately even man is his own enemy.

Medical care is important and human rights need to be respected.


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Posted by on July 10, 2015 in Uncategorized


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