Mpilo General Hospital has a critical shortage of doctors, a situation that should be addressed before June 1 this year according to Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association representative, Dr Mthabisi Anele Bhebhe.
In a letter addressed to Health and Child Care Minister Obadiah Moyo, Dr Bhebhe revealed that junior doctors are made to work 130 hours a week which is contrary to their contracts. Said Dr Bhebhe:
Mpilo Central Hospital is currently facing a serious shortage of junior resident medical officers despite the fact that there are sixty or more juniors doctors who still await deployment.
The Ministry of Health at the beginning of the year 2019, conveniently undertook to deploy only 11 medical doctors at Mpilo Hospital compared to other central hospitals.
Secondly, the Ministry of Health must take the health of people in this region seriously by immediately deploying the remaining number of 60 JRMOs who have just completed their studies.
These measures must bring an end to the situation where surgery junior doctors are made to do calls every single day while their medicine counterparts are made to manage the whole Mpilo casualty alone without due supervision.
Mpilo General Hospital is reportedly the second biggest referral hospital in Zimbabwe, after Parirenyatwa General Hospital in Harare.
It provides services to people from Bulawayo, Masvingo, Midlands, Matabeleland North and Matabeleland South provinces.