GOVERNMENT says a committee has been set up to address health sector brain drain in Zimbabwe.
For years, there has been a massive outflux of health workers in the public sector, with government being blamed for causing it.
Addressing a post cabinet media briefing yesterday, Information Minister Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said they are looking into the problem which has crippled public health service delivery.
“Cabinet considered and approved the report of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Stemming the Brain Drain in the Health Sector, that was presented by the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development, Honourable A. Murwira, as Acting Minister of Health and Child Care in collaboration with the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Honourable Professor Paul Mavima as Chairperson of the Inter-Ministerial Committee.
“Cabinet wishes to inform the public that the Inter-Ministerial Committee identified the causes of the brain in the Health sector. To stem the brain drain a Committee was therefore setup to holistically look into these issues,” she said.
Among the issues, Governemnt wants to cajole nurses with internet and staff accommodation.
“Mechanisms to accelerate provision of non-monetary incentives, such as staff accommodation, transport, vehicle loans, canteens/cafeterias; and wifi- facilities connectivity;
“Measures to improve the remuneration of Tutors in Nurses Training Colleges and administration of Nurses Training Colleges;Judicious adjustment of monetary benefits,” the Information Minister said. Minister Mutsvangwa added that among the issues thy intend to address is the disparity between the urban and rural health personnel incentives in order to attract personnel to rural areas.
“Cabinet wishes to inform the nation that Government continues to pursue bilateral agreements with destination countries for our health professionals within the World Health Organisation framework,” she said.