DAR ES SALAAM, July 6 (Xinhua) -- Regional medical officers in Tanzania on Thursday appealed to the government to urgently employ 7,304 new health workers to fill the gap left by workers sacked over fake academic certificates.
Leonard Subi, the Chairman of Regional Medical Officers in Tanzania Mainland, said the 7,000-plus health workers should be employed promptly before the situation in hospitals was out of hand.
Some 7,304 health workers were expelled earlier this year after being discovered to have earned employment using fake academic certificates, leaving a shortage in the sector's workforce to reach 49.5 percent.
"The situation has gotten worse in dispensaries and health centers," Subi said in a statement to George Simbachawene, Minister of State in the President's Office in charge of Regional Administration and Local Government.
Subi said 285 dispensaries did not have skilled workers as they were now led by medical attendants, adding that 1,505 health centers have completely no clinical officers or clinical assistants and they were instead being led by nurses.
For his part, Simbachawene admitted that the provision of health services in the country was not encouraging enough.
Nevertheless, the minister assured medical officers that the government was paying attention to the matter by identifying non-efficient staff, who would give room to those with capability.
In April, Tanzanian President John Magufuli sacked 9,932 workers who were found using fake certificates, mostly health workers, paralyzing medical delivery in dispensaries and hospitals across the country.