Zimbabwe To Criminalize Foreign Recruitment Of Its Doctors And Nurses
Zimbabwe plans to enact a law criminalising the recruitment of its health personnel by other countries.
vice-president Constantino Chiwenga, who is also the health minister, said the drain of health care professionals was as good as human trafficking.
He said stiffer penalties will be imposed on those he accused of robbing the nation of its human capital.
According to the president, if one deliberately recruits and makes the country suffer, that is a crime against humanity.
This is because people are dying in hospitals because there are no nurses and doctors.
Local media say more than 4,000 nurses and doctors have left Zimbabwe since February 2021.
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Last month, the UK halted the recruitment of Zimbabwean health workers after the southern African country was placed by the world health organisation on the red list.
which denotes countries facing serious health personnel challenges.
According to the Zimbabwe medical association, the country has about 3,500 doctors for a population of 15 million people.