By HealthTimes Reporter
THE Government of Zimbabwe is set to recruit at least 102 health specialits from Cuba to work in all local hospitals, Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa has said.
The Hon. Minister will next week will leave for Cuba for a an exchange visit to learn on how it has managed to eradicate mother to child transmition of HIV to zero. Dr Parirenyatwa will lead a delegation that include the ministry of health team, the UN Bishow Parajuli, WHO representative Dr David Okello, UNICEF Dr Mohamed Ayoya and the UNAIDS Michael Bartos.
“We are hoping to recruit 102 specialists from Cuba to work in all of our hospitals. We are saying every hospital must have five specialists.
“We have two more Universities NAST and MSU who have started a Medical school so these provincial hospitals needs specialized personal so that they train our students to be good doctors,” he said.
“Cuba has succeeded to reduce mother to child transmition of HIV to nil as compared to us Zimbabweans we still at 5.4% so we are going there to learn how they have managed to do it.” He said.
The Minister said PMTCT is still on the agenda of the ministry. He said as they recruit other doctors from Cuba they expect doctors here in Zimbabwe to go out in other provinces to really use their expertise.