Govt Gives In To Striking Doctors’ Demands, Urge Them To Return To Work

The government has urged striking doctors to return to work as it has met most of their demands. The Minister of Health and Child Care, Obadiah Moyo met with the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors’ Association, the Health Service Board (HSB), the Zimbabwe Medical Association (Zima) and the Apex Council in Harare yesterday.

Doctors downed tools at the beginning of this month citing poor working conditions which include poor remuneration and a shortage of medicines in hospitals.

Speaking after the meeting, Minister Moyo said that the government had given in to most of the striking doctors’ demands. Said Minister Moyo

Medicines have been received and they are at NatPharm ready for distribution to all health centres around the country. We have given an instruction that NatPharm should distribute medicines to all health institutions.

Transportation of our workers has been looked into, starting with fuel. We have put fuel arrangements in place at all health institutions that have fuel tanks, for example at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals, Harare Central Hospital and Mpilo Central Hospital.

We even went to the extent of asking for our doctors and critical health care workers to be exempted from queues so that they can go and provide essential services and look after the patients. Car loans have also been looked into. Out of $10 million, we received $4 million and we are looking at the balance. Cars will be given to our health workers soon.


More: Chronicle

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