In a video posted on the Ministry of Health and Child Care Twitter account last Friday, Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa said Zimbabwe will recruit 102 Cuban specialist doctors.
He said that the country did not have enough specialists. Parirenyatwa also said that the decision to recruit specialist doctors was necessitated by the fact that Midlands State University (MSU) is starting a medical school. Said Parirenyatwa:
Finally, we are hoping to recruit 102 specialists to go into mostly our provincial hospitals and of course, some will come to central hospitals. What we are trying to do is to say every provincial hospital should have at least five specialist doctors. At the moment, provincial hospitals have at least one or two specialists. Midlands State University has also started a medical school. If you have a medical school at MSU, you need the Gweru Provincial Hospital to have adequate specialists so that students are trained properly. So, if you have three specialists when you are supposed to have 15, how do you train the students to make them good doctors? National University of Science and Technology has got a medical school, but we need a lot of specialists at Mpilo Central Hospital and United Bulawayo Hospitals. At the moment, they are completely inadequate. How do you train good doctors?