Incentives for health care workers on the cards

By ZBC Reporter

GOVERNMENT is finalising a policy that is set to improve the welfare of health care workers, including mortgage loans and a duty-free scheme for importing cars.

The Ministry of Health and Child Care, working together with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development will soon avail mortgages and duty-free scheme for importing cars for health care staff as part of improving the welfare of frontline workers.

This came out when the Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care Dr John Mangwiro interacted with Mpilo Central Hospital staff this Wednesday.           

Minister of Health and Child Care Dr Constantino Chiwenga is on record for trying by all means to better the working conditions of the health care sector workers and seeing them happy. The ministry is in the process of availing a policy that will see the lives of health care workers being improved. Salary increments will then come to complement the mortgage. There are several projects to be availed such as refurbishing canteens for the health care workers and building of flats to avail accommodation at the hospital for its staff.  The Health services board will also soon implement a policy that will see health care workers who are married working in their area of choice, he said.

Health care workers were also applauded for their resilience in the face of Covid-19.

I want to applaud our health care workers for the huge work they are putting as frontline workers. They have remained resilient even during difficult times, we faced the second wave and they fought up to today they are still fighting, he added.

Government is on record that it will continue unveiling a cocktail of strategies to reduce the brain drain, especially in the health care sector.