nurs.jpgForty three health professionals who had left the country in search of greener pastures have so far returned to the country under the International Organisation for Migration (IOM)’s Temporary Return of Professionals to Zimbabwe Project which has seen a total of 54 professors and lecturers returning home.


Of the 54 professionals who have returned so far, 43 are health professionals who have come to teach at the University of Zimbabwe and NUST while 11 are lecturers in the fields of science, engineering, agriculture and ICT.


Mr. Tachiona Chikafu a health sciences lecturer and Emmanuel Chigutsa who is a pharmacist are some of the professionals who have returned under the temporary return of professionals to Zimbabwe.


Working with the Zimbabwean government to address the multi-faceted migration challenges facing the country, IOM in conjunction with some development partners secured some equipment earmarked for the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences, the National University of Science and Technology School of Medicine and the Zimbabwe Association of Church Related Hospitals.


Speaking at the handover ceremony, IOM Ms Kathleen Kerr pledged to continue supporting the Zimbabwean government in matters relating to migration and development.


Japanese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Koichi Morita whose country is supporting the initiative by pledging more than US$2,8 million to the IOM expressed optimism that the new equipment will further improve the learning environment at the benefitting institutions.


Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education Dr Washington Mbizvo said the gesture by IOM will capacitate universities and ensure that they are fully operational and ready to carry out their human capital agenda.


Parirenyatwa group of hospitals Chief Executive Mr. Thomas Zigora who represented the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare said the health sector had witnessed a reduction of training capacity, and failure to meet some o the health sector goals and objectives.


Over the past years, a high number of highly skilled professionals migrated to other countries in search of better economic opportunities as the effects of illegal sanctions imposed by the west seriously affected health training institutions and hospitals.