The Government through its Inter-Ministerial Committee took a leaf from President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s zeal to cushion health sector workers through non-monetary incentives and modalities are being worked out, to fulfil those incentives in order to tackle brain drain that threatens the smooth running of that sector.
Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Monica Mutsvangwa revealed during the 35th Post Cabinet, that Government had identified the causes of brain drain and came up with ways to address those issues in order to retain its workers.
“Mechanisms to accelerate the provision of non-monetary incentives, such as staff accommodation, transport, vehicle loans, canteens/cafeterias; and wifi facilities connectivity; measures to improve the remuneration of Tutors in Nursing Training Colleges and administration of Nurses Training Colleges; Judicious adjustment of monetary benefits; and addressing the disparity between the urban and rural health personnel incentives in order to attract personnel to rural areas,” recounted Minister Mutsvangwa.
While commissioning the doctors’ accommodation in Marimba, Harare at the beginning of September this year, President Mnangagwa said, “The provision of such institutional accommodation is part of my Governments commitment to avail non-monetary incentives for the sterling efforts that medical personnel continue to make towards ensuring the well-being of all citizens countrywide.”
Meanwhile, accommodation of doctors, nurses and health workers in all major hospitals across the country are currently at an advanced stage.