Health Minister Meets Senior Doctors

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Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo has been meeting senior doctors and consultants in the capital Harare with a view to mapping the way forward following the doctors’ strike.

In a strike notice to hospital authorities, the doctors wrote:

As the consultants of Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals, we have decided to rationalise the use of the limited and very finite resources that are currently available.

We are now forced with immediate effect to further scale down the services which we are offering, to deal with dire emergencies only until the situation normalises.

… the situation with regards to medical consumables and equipment is now even worse than it was in December 2018. This has continued to cause a severe compromise in the safety and working conditions of staff and a reduced capacity to deliver services to patients.

We feel that these compounding factors have compromised patient care, putting patients’ health and lives at risk at the very institution which is supposed to restore health and life.

We have tried to make adjustments to no avail. Statistics show that for January and February this year, we have operated less than 20 per cent of the elective cases that we were doing in the same period in 2018.
For emergencies, the time taken before the patient goes to the theatre is now unnecessarily too long as their relatives have to privately source for the necessary supplies.

… As consultants, our hearts bleed because of what is prevailing and we feel that if we continue pretending we can offer full services we would be complicit in the deaths of our patients.

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Obadiah Moyo

Obadiah Moyo is the Minister of Health and Child Care. Moyo was also the former CEO of Chitungwiza Hospital. Read More About Obadiah Moyo


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2 comments

  1. godfrey chikowore Reply

    the case of this honorable profession the “Medicals” (and, rest of the professions) lies not in their court but with a government that is steeply grounded in revolutionary monolithic and rigid perception of Zimbabwe and the world and electoral numbers, when actually success and restoration of normal life to this great nation is only achievable on the realization that even as numbers and the revolution matter, but greater success which brings greatest appreciation and new breadth of life to Zimbabwe lies in forgetting about the numbers, revolutionary rigidities and conceding that the humanitarian factor reigns supreme, and let the nation honorably proceed on a freely chosen democratic path among other nations in the global community.

  2. just concerned Reply

    health is a priority above all but e responsible authorities hv taken a bak sit on this issue last time it was salaries now medical sundries. gvt shd wake up and stop being rigid in old minds and be open to reality and to make an open mind with the populace.

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