The Minister for Health and Child Care, Obadiah Moyo, on Wednesday, met restive doctors at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals to hear their grievances.
It was revealed during the meeting that doctors have to “improvise” by washing used bandages and reusing them.
Speaking during the meeting, Dr Wazara, who is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospital said:
We have no bandages that are made locally in Kwekwe. The unit is actually washing bandages in the bathroom and using them the next day.
It’s really bad and the situation is getting worse resulting in infections increasing and people dying. There is no pethidine, bandages, painkillers or betadine.
Another doctor who spoke during the meeting, identified as Dr Guzha who works with cancer patients at Harare Central Hospital and Parirenyatwa said:
We do not have cancer drugs young girls who are 16 and 18 years are coming to us with the hope of getting help. When they come here we just give them a diagnosis and send them home to die even in situations that can be avoided.