A Co-Rapporteur for African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States committee on Social Affairs Charles Kakoma has called on the European Union (EU) member states to ensure their migration polices do not undermine the availability of health professionals in third-world countries.
Mr Kakoma who is upnd Zambezi west Member of Parliament told the ACP- EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels yesterday that while it was important to respect individual freedom of movement, EU member states should critically relook at their migration policies.
He says it was incredibly shocking that despite spending more resources on educating and training of health workers, ACP countries had continued to face critical shortages of health practitioners.
Mr. Kakoma has observed that after training, most health professionals in ACP countries migrate to Europe in search of greener pasture, a trend which should be discouraged.
The Zambian legislator says there was serious need to find a lasting solution in order to avert the human resource crisis in ACP countries.
He has called on ACP member states to priorities medical and health responsibilities in their respective national plans.
Mr. Kakoma has stated that the shortcomings of human resource in the health sector in ACP countries should be addressed by ACP countries without delay adding that there is need for all ACP countries to meet the 2001 Abuja target to commit 15% of national budgets to health.
He has however urged EU member states to continue supporting ACP countries financially and technically in order to develop national health plans.
The Zambian law maker recognized the potential of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the provision of healthcare services.
This according to a press statement made available to radio phoenix by Zambia’s first secretary for press and public relations to Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg, and the European Union lambwe kachali