Ministry of Health explains medical staff shortage in rural centres
Lusaka, March 16, 2013 – ZANIS – Government yesterday told parliament that Zambia continues to face a critical shortage of medical personnel in most rural health centres.
Deputy Minister of Health Patrick Chikusu said this is so because of low output by some of the public and private medical training institutions.
ZANIS reports that Dr. Chikusu said this when opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) Nangoma Member of Parliament (MP) Boyd Hamusonde wanted to know why there is low staffing of medical personnel in most rural health centres.
The Deputy Minister said as a result of low staffing of medical personnel, government is opening the Copperbelt University (CBU) so that it can also start offering medical training programme.
Dr. Chikusu noted that government wants to encourage other institutions to start training more medical personnel at their institutions.
Meanwhile, Dr Chikusu has pointed that government was also busy trying to address the problem of staff housing to help medical workers serve in most rural areas where they are health centres.
Parliament has since adjourned Sine Die.