Doc­tors’ short­age hits Mat North

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Whins­ley Masara Chron­i­cle Re­porter

MATA­BELE­LAND North Prov­ince is fac­ing a crit­i­cal short­age of doc­tors and this has prompted health au­thor­i­ties to pro­pose in­tro­duc­tion of in­cen­tives to lure doc­tors to the prov­ince.

Mata­bele­land North Pro­vin­cial Med­i­cal Di­rec­tor Dr Nyasha Ma­suka said due to the short­age, the few doc­tors in the prov­ince were be­ing over­whelmed by work.

He said the prov­ince has a ra­tio of one doc­tor per 46 000 peo­ple or more com­pared to the ac­cepted ra­tio of one doc­tor per 1 000 peo­ple.

“We are fail­ing to at­tract doc­tors to the prov­ince and as such it is a big chal­lenge to ser­vice the com­mu­ni­ties. We are now be­ing forced to re­fer a num­ber of pa­tients to neigh­bour­ing prov­inces like Bu­l­awayo,” said Dr Ma­suka.

He said it was against this back­ground that Gov­ern­ment was be­ing asked to in­tro­duce in­cen­tives to at­tract doc­tors to the prov­ince.

Dr Ma­suka said the in­cen­tives can be in the form of ve­hi­cles and even land.

“Mata­bele­land North has the least num­ber of doc­tors in the coun­try with just 16 doc­tors out of an es­tab­lish­ment of 45,” he said.

Dr Ma­suku said some doc­tors who had ini­tially agreed to work in the prov­ince, moved to other prov­inces com­plain­ing of lack of equip­ment at some of the prov­ince’s health in­sti­tu­tions. — @win­niemasara.

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