The Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr Obadiah Moyo, has set the record straight on the e-recruitment of nurses saying it is not region based and the process is credible as the selection is done on a random basis.

He was speaking at a media briefing in Harare where he dismissed reports that Mpilo and United Bulawayo Hospitals had closed down.

“Government wishes to inform the public that there was no favouritism in the recruitment of student nurses and that students from Matabeleland provinces were also considered to train in the just ended e-nursing recruitment processes,” Dr Moyo said.

“The e-recruitment process was not conducted on a regional basis but on a national basis and it offered credibility in that it administered the selection on a random process, no one knew who was to be selected and who was not to be selected as the process was done electronically,” he added

Government opened an online portal for nursing applications starting with the September 2019 intake, a system made to combat corruption and ensure a zero tolerance to corruption in the student nurse recruitment process.

The Ministry of Health and Child Care started to receive online applications from aspiring nurses countrywide which were being submitted using the Health Ministry’s electronic platform with 31 August 2019 being the cut-off date.

The recruitment followed an advertisement flighted in the media.