Cuban docs for Zim: Govt to recruit 102 specialists

18 Sep, 2017 - 02:09 0 Views
Cuban docs for Zim: Govt to recruit 102 specialists Dr David Parirenyatwa

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Dr David Parirenyatwa

Dr David Parirenyatwa

Nqobile Tshili, Chronicle Correspondent
THE Government is set to recruit 102 specialist doctors from Cuba who will be deployed to the country’s referral and provincial hospitals.

In a video posted on the Ministry of Health and Child Care Twitter account last Friday, Dr David Parirenyatwa said the country has a serious shortage of specialist doctors hence the need to recruit Cuban doctors.

He said Government also wants to learn from Cuba how to decentralise the health sector as it has a unique decentralised health system.

Dr Parirenyatwa said the specialist doctors to be recruited will be deployed at provincial and referral hospitals countrywide.

“Finally we are hoping to recruit 102 specialists to go into mostly our provincial hospitals and of course some will come to central hospitals. What we are trying to do is to say every provincial hospital should have at least five specialist doctors. At the moment provincial hospitals have at least one or two specialists,” said Dr Parirenyatwa.

He said the specialists will also assist in the training of student doctors who are disadvantaged by shortage of specialists in the country.

“Midlands State University has also started a medical school. If you have a medical school at MSU you need the Gweru Provincial Hospital to have adequate specialists so that students are trained properly. So if you have three specialists when you are supposed to have 15 how do you train the students to make them good doctors? National university of Science and Technology has got a medical school but we need a lot of specialists at Mpilo Central Hospital and United Bulawayo Hospitals. At the moment they are completely inadequate, so how do you train good doctors?”

The Minister said his ministry wants to learn from Cuba how to eradicate mother to child HIV transmission.

“Cuba has managed to eliminate the transmission of HIV from mother to child and while we still have a 5,4 percent which is a good figure, we want to go and learn how they did it,” said Dr Parirenyatwa.

The Minister was not immediately available for comment, but an official in his Ministry said he was supposed to have left the country for Cuba over the weekend to discuss the recruitment of the doctors among other health matters.

Dr Parirenyatwa’s announcement comes at a time when newly appointed Prosecutor-General Advocate Ray Goba says his office plans to recruit 102 young lawyers to work as prosecutors, a development that should end the secondment of members of the uniformed forces to the prosecution.

The recruitment by the understaffed National Prosecuting Authority will also come with new conditions of service for the degreed prosecutors in terms of the NPA’s salary structures. – @nqotshili.


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