Acting Health Minister Professor Amon Murwira has lamented the chaos at the Health Ministry and said hospitals should not make unreasonable demands at the expense of people’s lives, Sunday News reports. The minister’s remarks come amid reports that hospitals are refusing to admit patients if they have not tested for COVID-19.
While speaking to the publication, professor Murwira said;
Other things that may happen or mis-happen are the things that we want to hear and rectify. What we want to do is to ensure that we revamp our health system, invest in it and ensure that every citizen has access to health services as enshrined in our Constitution.
This disease (Covid-19) does not spare anyone, but we have to ensure there is continuity in terms of service provision otherwise we may regress and lose lives unnecessarily. Hospitals should continue offering services and desist from making unreasonable demands at the expense of lives. We all have to be responsible at some point.
The Minister also lamented the strike by health workers and he said the strike has worsened the situation:
The strike by both nurses and doctors has greatly affected the delivery of our services across the hospital. The situation has been worsened by the fact that some among the few who have been reporting for duty are testing positive for Covid-19 and have to go in isolation. Fellow healthcare workers who are their contacts have to go off duty and isolate and this has significantly contributed to low numbers on the ground. Consequently, the hospital has been forced to respond to dire emergencies only.
The health workers are on strike since last month as they cited poor working conditions and low wages.
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