Government has reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring that it recruits qualified medical personnel to run the country’s health institutions.
And preparations for the commencement of the first ever degree Programme in Dentistry at the Ndola School of Medicine have reached an advanced stage.
Health Spokesperson says the Ministry of health is still committed to ensuring that the K52 billion allocated in this year’s Budget for the recruitment of health personnel is utilized for the intended purpose.
Dr. Mbewe told ZANIS in an interview today that the Ministry is working towards ensuring that the country has enough medical Doctors, Nurses and other health practitioners.
With government’s deliberate policy of constucting various hospitals and health centers across the country, the new health institutions have currently a human resource vacuum. This however will be cushioned by the staff recruitment by the ministry of health.
And Dr. Mbewe says preparations for the commencement of the first ever degree Programme in Dentistry at the Ndola School of Medicine have reached an advanced stage.
Dr. Mbewe said the Programme is expected to commence next month.
He noted that the Programme will go a long way in addressing the shortage of Dentists in the country’s health institutions.
“The Programme will go a long way because we used to send people to train abroad, but now we can train our own people within Zambia ,” Dr. Mbewe stated.
He added that the Dentistry Programme and other programmes at the new medical school will also help in addressing the human resource shortage in the Ministry of Health.