Responding to a question by MDC-T legislator Gift Chimanikire on the doctor to patient ratio in the country and what the Government was doing to address it, Health and Child Care Deputy Minister, Aldrin Musiiwa said the country has less than one doctor for every 250 000 people.
Well, in terms of ratio it is 0.0792 per 1 000 population. To put it more simply, we’ve got less than one doctor for every 250 000 people. The ideal ratio would be to have at least three doctors per every 1 000 patients. Our response at the moment is that we’re actually training enough doctors for the country. We’re lobbying Treasury to allow us more posts so that we can employ more doctors.We’re training enough doctors and if we have enough posts we should be able to have the required ratio.
He said the country was producing about 360 doctors every year but the problem was that the country loses a lot of them both to the region and internationally.