In the last ten years, more than 5.000 nurses and medical technicians have left Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Last year alone, 150 of them left the register of the Chamber of Nurses on the basis of leaving the country.
Like the others, health workers are also leaving BiH in search of a better future and a more secure existence. And the number of health workers who seek their happiness outside the borders of our country will continue to grow.
It is not possible to find a job in the profession for years
Elvira Hukic who is taking a German language course is one of them. She is preparing to go to Germany because there is no future in BiH. She graduated from medical school and is a bachelor of law, but has been working as a trader for 12 years.
”Who can love another country and foreign language more than their own? At the age of 37, I have to struggle, break my tongue, speak German, to try to learn, but I have to in order to enable a better future for my family and myself.
It will be very difficult for me to leave, it will be difficult for me to leave my family, it will be difficult for me to leave my friends. But I have to leave because of my children, my children have no future here, and neither do I. If there is an opportunity out there for children to have a better future, to grow up in a healthier and safer environment, why wouldn’t I make it possible for my children,” Hukic emphasized.
Practically a third of the total number of employees in the health care system has left our country, and the consequences of their departure are already noticeable.
”We noticed that we lack operatives, that we lack professional staff, that we lack staff who can currently respond to a certain amount of work. Some jobs have been replaced by overqualified staff, a lot of time is needed to train this young staff,” said the president of the Chamber of Nurses/Medical Technicians at Zenica-Doboj Canton (ZDC) Sabina Colic.
Those who have a job also leave BiH
Medical technician Nino Hasanica said they are actually studying for another country. But, to make the situation worse, not only those who do not have a job leave BiH. People who have more than ten years of work experience are also leaving us, and such an example is Sejla Mujic Begagic, who said that she is not leaving because of money but because of the general instability in the country.
”The whole system in BiH is a collapse, starting with the right to health, and not to mention politics, no country has five, presidents, three presidents, everyone has one, only BiH has three, and they are arguing over who will carry the flag, which the flag will be shown, and there are so many problems in the country,” told Mujic Begagic.
According to the research of the Union for Sustainable Return and Integration of BiH, half a million inhabitants have left the country in the last nine years, Avaz writes.