Brain Drain A Ticking Time Bomb For Zimbabwe's Health Sector

Zimbabwe is on the verge of a massive brain drain in the health sector once the Covid-19 pandemic is over, the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights Secretary-General, Norman Matara has warned. Speaking in Harare at a workshop hosted by the Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe, Matara said the health delivery system has severely deteriorated, characterised by a lack of medical equipment and drugs. Public health care professionals have constantly been up in arms with the President Emmerson Mnangagwa-led government as they demand an urgent address of their concerns; improved, safe working conditions, and better remuneration. A high number of nurses and doctors in the public health care sector have left for greener pastures in other countrieis. However, a significant number of those remaining are waiting for the relaxation of travel restrictions put in place to curb the spread of Covid-19 before they also leave.


Striking Zimbabwean doctors (file photo).

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