The government has reportedly deployed student doctors to Bulawayo’s major public hospitals, Mpilo and United Bulawayo Hospital (UBH).
The development follows a strike by junior doctors which has been ongoing for more than two months, with the government dismissing 77 of them on Tuesday.
The Secretary for Women’s Committee in the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Union, Barbara Tanyanyiwa, has bemoaned the government’s decision to discharge the doctors. She said:
This is not the time for the government to fire doctors. The government should pay doctors a decent salary because they work in very difficult situations.
The country is definitely going to have high mortality rates because of the government’s failure to address this issue of doctors.
The situation is dire especially at Mpilo General Hospital as narrated by the Senior Hospital Doctors Association (SHDA) in a recent statement.
The doctors said that lifesaving equipment is in a state of disrepair, essential drugs and sundries are unavailable, while hospital staff cannot afford to come to work.