Health worker shortages reach 57 countries

THE first conference addressing the global shortage of health care workers opened in Kampala yesterday.

The World Health Organization says a further four million doctors, nurses, midwives and other health care professionals are needed worldwide.

The WHO says the shortage is affecting basic services such as immunization, child birth and treatment of diseases.  There is a critical shortage of health workers in 57 countries, most of which are in Africa.

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Ira S Wolfe