By Gatonye Gathura
Kenya has been ranked 150 out of 195 countries in the global index of quality and access to health care compared to Cuba at position 55.
However despite the difference Cuba can learn something about treating heart conditions from their Kenyan counterparts.
But apart from Kenya scoring impressively in the management of heart conditions it may be the only thing they outscored the Cubans out of 32 health conditions on the global scorecard.
While in Kenya, imported Cuban doctors may be requested to advice on child immunization where they scored 100 per cent in the five covered diseases.
Kenya for example in tetanus vaccine scored 20 points out of a possible hundred.
While on average Kenya scored 30 points in managing various cancers Cuba got about 70 points.
The island country, whose doctors are expected in Kenya soon also scored highly in the management of diabetes and TB while almost nobody dies of diarrhea or while giving birth.
The rankings were published on 23rd May in The Lancet by the Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD 2016). This is a collaboration of over 1,800 researchers from 127 countries.
It is based at the University of Washington, US and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The study used 32 causes from which death should not occur in the presence of effective care. Top scoring countries or the safest countries to get sick in are Iceland scoring 97.1 points out of 100 followed by Norway and then The Netherlands.
The worst place to get sick on Earth, according to the index is Central African Republic, scoring 19 points, then Somalia and Guinea-Bissau.
Kenya at position 150 scored 39 points, Cuba 76, Tanzania is at position 161, Uganda 173, Rwanda 156, Uganda 173, China 48, USA 29 and Israel 35 among others.
The highest scoring countries from Africa were generally from the North including Libya position 67, Tunisia 77, Algeria 99 with Egypt at 111.
Top in Sub Saharan Africa is Botswana at position 122, South Africa at 127, Sudan 136, Namibia 137 and Nigeria at 142. The island country of Mauritius is doing extremely well at 79
While Kenya scored poorly in the management of diarrhea diseases, surprisingly it did well rheumatoid and ischemic heart diseases.