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Aggressive recruitment of its doctors and nurses to the Middle East is worsening Uganda’s health care crisis. Nearly 2,000 health-care professionals are being wooed to work at 1 Libyan hospital alone.
Every year, Ugandan universities graduate more than 300 medical students—but in 2013, the doctor-patient ratio was 1 to 24,725. Lack of pay and inadequate facilities in Uganda exacerbate the problem. The Uganda Civil Society HIV Prevention Advocacy Coalition has called for a halt to foreign recruitment, but officials say their hands are tied.
“As a government, we can’t stop health workers from going to work abroad if they want to,” says health minister Sarah Achieng Opendi.
Source: The Guardian

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