Government aiming to reduce outward medical tourism – VP Chiwenga

By Josephine Mugiyo

Vice President, General (Retired) Dr Constantino Chiwenga, who is also the Minister of Health and Child Care, says government is working on modalities to reduce the financially-draining medical tourism and shortage of personnel.

The country’s health care sector was affected by brain drain due to the migration of qualified personnel.

Vice President Chiwenga, who attended the official launch of the Midlands State University Pathology Research and Diagnostics Centre in Gweru this Friday spoke on the current challenges in the provision of quality health care which he said include shortage of skilled personnel.

The Vice President said the challenges are being addressed, highlighting that it is not an overnight process.

“The country’s health sector faces challenges which include shortage of skilled personnel. These will not be addressed overnight, but over time,” he said.

He said government is also working to ensure locals find requisite medical facilities locally.

“Our aim is to reduce the financially draining medical tourism where our citizens seek healthcare outside the country.”

The Vice President also spoke on the key role of universities in the provision of health care.