Zimbabwe has only 12 psychiatric doctors in public health institutions says health deputy minister

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Responding to questions from The Chronicle, Health deputy minister, Dr Aldrin Musiiwa said the country only has 12 psychiatric doctors at a time when mental cases are on the increase. He also revealed that Zimbabwe does not have the capacity to train psychiatric doctors but can only train nurses.

Said Musiiwa:

It’s true that we have about 12 psychiatrists for our public health institutions which is not so much of a shortage though we could do with more. The problem we have as a country is that we only have the capacity of training psychiatric nurses and not doctors which has affected us a lot. We have always relied on other countries for training and as we know Government salary scales are lower than other countries so it’s very difficult to retain them.

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Aldrin MusiiwaThe ChronicleZimbabwe

Aldrin Musiiwa was s a Zimbabwean politician and National House of Assembly representative for Chakari constituency. He was also a member of ZANU-PF and the Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care in 2017. He died in Dublin, Ireland on Friday 17 November 2017 where... Read More About Aldrin Musiiwa

It is a state-owned daily newspaper that is published in Bulawayo under the Zimbabwe Newspapers (Zimpapers) stable. Read More About The Chronicle

The Republic of Zimbabwe is a country located in the Southern Africa region. Its capital city is :Harare and the country has 10 provinces. Zimbabwe is 390,580 sq km and is bordered on all sides by other countries (Zambia in the north, South Africa in... Read More About Zimbabwe

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