Mpilo Central Hospital in Bulawayo has refuted claims on social media that it has run out of essential medicines and basic sundries. The Hospital said that it does not own a Twitter account. Mpilo Central Hospital clinical director Dr Solwayo Ngwenya had this to say:
The hospital does not have an official Twitter account. I checked with our public relations department when I saw that page. It’s a fake account.
… There are 500 patients in the hospital, there are people who are being discharged and 33 babies were born yesterday, if we are having challenges how then are we managing to treat these people? There are major things that the nation is facing, people are experiencing challenges and we cannot pin our challenges to the government as we are managing at the moment.
Junior doctors at major public hospitals embarked on a 40-day long strike across December and January citing poor working conditions. The striking doctors grudgingly called off the strike after they were allegedly threatened with failure in their internship.