Doctors from the Zimbabwe National Army will be deployed to Mpilo Central Hospital to ease the burden caused by the national doctors strike which spills into day 27. 35 newly graduated junior doctors will join the institution by April 1.
Mpilo clinical director, Dr Solwayo Ngwenya confirmed the development to The Chronicle. Said Dr Ngwenya:
We will be having members of the Army joining us from tomorrow just to ease the pressure on the few doctors that have been overwhelmed due to the ongoing strike. We are not yet sure about the numbers but I understand that public health institutions in the country will have members of the army to help. The Ministry of Health and Child Care has also allocated us 35 recently graduated junior resident medical officers from the National University of Science and Technology and the University of Zimbabwe that will join us from April 1. We are currently working on their applications and we are hopeful this measure will help us deliver quality health care services to members of the public.