Foreign-trained doctors to undergo six-month local training before practice

THE Medical and Dental Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe has established a provisional register of foreign-trained medical interns in a move aimed at strengthening and upholding high professional standards in the health sector.

In an effort to protect lives, the Medical and Dental Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe has reiterated the need to ensure foreign-trained doctors meet the required local standards before being allowed to practice.

The council has since established a provisional register of foreign-trained interns as provided for in section 88 of the Health Professions Act chapter 27.19.

“Quality is important, the mistake of a doctor is in the grave, we are there to ensure quality practice and I am sure our country is also on record in view of the national strategy where we are looking at wellness 2030 vision we need to have competent doctors to ensure that universal coverage is done so we need quality from our practitioners. We have got situations where bogus doctors have come and by registration, we are trying to deal with that,” said Mrs Josephine Mwakutuya, the Registrar, Medical and Dental Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe.
The council has also introduced a six-month structured programme to improve standards.

“These doctors are coming in from international medical schools where there are different disease patterns, there is no diarrhoea there is no typhoid so when they come in these doctors these are the diseases that they deal with every day so we just want to enhance them by making sure that they have strengthened the orientation strengths them and also we monitor them we supervise them and after this they write an assessment,” she explained.

After undertaking the six-month structured programme, the doctors will then proceed to their Housemanship at any local hospital.

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