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Health Ministry: Iraq Needs 56,000 Physicians

Health Ministry: Iraq Needs 56,000 Physicians

Posted on 24 March 2014. Tags: healthcare, Iraq, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Higher Education

By John Lee.

Iraq’s Health Ministry has announced the need for 56,000 more doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health workers in Iraq in order to reach a target ratio of 10 physicians per 10,000 of the population, according to Aswat al-Iraq.

For that target to be reached in the next four years, the Ministry is coordinating with the Ministry of Higher Education to bring medical graduates into the workforce and until then, Iraq will be partly reliant on doctors from India to help address the shortage.

Iraq’s health industry has suffered a shortage of trained professionals after many of them left the country during the Ba’ath era and the violence following the 2003 invasion.

(Source: Aswat al-Iraq)

Expatriate Doctors Return to Iraq

Posted on 05 February 2014. Tags: healthcare

By John Lee.

The Iraqi Ministry of Health has said that 2,500 expatriate Iraqi doctors have returned home as part of a programme launched last year to bring Iraqi professionals back to the county.

Al-Shorfa quotes Deputy Health Minister, Khamees al-Saad, as saying:

“The returning doctors are an important asset to Iraq and they were distributed to various hospitals across the country with special privileges enabling them to acclimatise at the hospitals where they were appointed.“

(Source: Al-Shorfa)



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