In an interview with The Standard’s Xolisani Ncube (XN) Health Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa (DP) said Government will deploy doctors from the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) if doctors continue with their industrial action.
Below is an excerpt of the interview:
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XN: In case the doctors stick to their guns and refuse to go back before their demands are met, are there any contingency plans to alleviate the plight of patients?
DP: What we normally do when we are faced with such a situation, all emergency services should be kept and we usually get support from the uniformed forces.
We have put that on alert so that we can keep our emergency services running. We have asked some doctors from the uniformed services to be on standby, but it is not a sustainable position.
We should be able to have our doctors back at work as a matter of urgency.
David Parirenyatwa is a medical practitioner and the former Minister of Health and Child Welfare. He is a politician affiliated to the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) party. In September 2018 Parirenyatwa was arrested over allegations of criminal abuse of office and was... Read More About David Parirenyatwa
The Zimbabwe National Army is the country's military wing which was established with the role of ensuring territorial integrity, peace, stability and security. The force was established in 1980 after the country attained its Independence from colonial rule. Read More About Zimbabwe National Army