Govt moves to tackle brain drain in health sector

By ZBC Reporter

The Inter-Ministerial Committee on Stemming the Brain Drain in the Health Sector says it has identified the causes of the drain and has thus come up with mechanisms to stem the problem.

The committee was presented before Cabinet 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.

The findings were presented by the Minster of Information,Publicity and Broadcasting Services Senator Monica Mutsvangwa during a Post Cabinet Media Briefing this Tuesday.

The Minister highlighted the importance of non-monetary incentives and the improvement in remuneration as some of the factors to be looked at addressing the matter.

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 look holistically look into the following issues: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; and addressing the disparity between the urban and rural health personnel incentives in order to attract personnel to rural areas,she said.

She also indicated that government is forging ahead with the pursuance of bilateral agreements with destination countries for health professionals within the World Health Organisation framework.

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