THE government plans to hire about 10,000 health workers before the end of this financial year, to team up with the current workforce in order to strengthen health service delivery in the country, it was announced.
The Deputy Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Dr Hamisi Kigwangala, said this in Dar es Salaam during a ceremony to open the new Aga Khan University (AKU) Nursing and Midwifery training facility.
Dr Kigwangalla said the country was facing critical shortage of health workers whereas currently, the shortage of such workers is at a tune of 51 per cent.
“Various measures have been put in place to deal with the staff shortage, including increasing enrolment of students in this sector, employing as many people as possible and that is what we are going to do before the end of this fiscal year,” he noted.
Tanzania with a population of over 40 million people, is in the midst of a critical human resource for health crisis. In fact, the country can count on just 5.2 clinical health workers per 10, 000 people and one fifth of the optimal ratio recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Regarding AKU’s new nursing/midwifery training facility, he said the opening of the facility was significant for the development of the cadre in the Country.
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