Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa has said Government will soon start recruiting nurses and other health professionals following the unfreezing of posts in the sector. Speaking during the official handover ceremony of a casualty block to Gweru Provincial Hospital yesterday, Dr Parirenyatwa said the ministry and other public health institutions around the country would soon start advertising vacant posts for nurses and other professionals.
He said the move followed the recent call by President Mugabe to unfreeze nursing posts.
"We are very happy that our vacant posts in the ministry, including those of nurses, have been unfrozen," he said.
"The President himself made the call and announced that the posts have been unfrozen, particularly in the health sector, Saka ndozvatovepo, saka ngatibva tatozviita.
"There is no going back on that and we would not want a situation where some people become defiant, saying the President has announced, but we cannot go ahead and start recruiting.
"We are going to start advertising our vacant posts and recruit. We have over 2 500 trained nurses who are still unemployed." Dr Parirenyatwa said the ministry was in the process of decentralising health services to all clinics around the country in an endeavour to improve health service delivery by making health services easily accessible.
He said every clinic should have a doctor and offer services such as X-ray.
Dr Parirenyatwa said Zimbabwe was failing to utilise highly skilled health professionals who were being sought by other countries.