The ruling ZANU PF party has blamed western countries for causing a brain drain in Zimbabwe’s health sector by luring the country’s medical practitioners with better salaries.
Speaking during a post-politburo media briefing on Saturday, ZANU PF spokesperson Christopher Mutsvangwa accused western countries of reaping where they did not sow. He said:
The Vice President talked about the brain drain again which is done by the western countries because they do not train their people.
Then when a crisis comes, they come to recruit from Zimbabwe because we are relatively poorer than them as we were enslaved and not as rich as they are. We trained people, they then come and snatch them.
They never want to compensate us for those people who take their money to train but they are now lured by better salaries because they have been neglectful of their responsibility to train their own personnel, so we are always at the receiving end of these people who always want to teach us about democracy and human rights.
Mutsvangwa said the government is working on ensuring that the living and working conditions of health workers are improved.