Health and Child Care minister Obadiah Moyo said that the government is working to improve doctors’ conditions of service.
Doctors handed over a petition to the Ministry of Health and Child Care on the 4th of December last year and presented it to the parliamentary portfolio committee this Monday.
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The doctors expressed concern over the procurement process for medical equipment saying they also need to be involved. In response, Moyo said:
Government recognises commitment and perseverance of all doctors. My actions are based on serving the interest of the Ministry of Health and Child Care.
… availability of water at hospitals it’s the jurisdiction of the local authorities but as a Ministry, we drilled boreholes to ease the problem.
… on the issue of equipment, currently foreign currency is a challenge.
Doctors declared incapacitation (an ability to report for duty due to poor salaries) last year resulting in the near-collapse of Zimbabwe’s public health system.
Most of the doctors eventually agreed to resume their duties after a United Kingdom-based telecoms mogul, Strive Masiyiwa, pledged to pay their salaries and avail transport to and from work.