Health Ministry: Iraq Needs 56,000 Physicians

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)

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