Doctors' Strike On 60th Day, Health Ministers Are Outside Zimbabwe
Both the Minister of Health, Dr Obadiah Moyo and his deputy, Chamunorwa J. Mangwiro (MP) are reportedly outside Zimbabwe at a time when the health sector is on its knees.
Public health institutions do not have adequate medicines and equipment and health caregivers are on day 60 of their industrial action over unsustainable salaries and poor working conditions.
The decision to leave this essential ministry under the leadership of an acting Minister particularly when there are unresolved issues has been viewed by some as a lack of concern to address the issues. Posting on Twitter, Dr Bhebhe said:
Doctors day 60 incapacitated
The confusion is shocking.
The Minister at @MoHCCZim is out of Zim, galavanting in foreign lands. The Deputy Minister also has been out for months on some unknown foreign mission. They left the Minister of Information as the Acting Minister @MoHCCZim
Health caregivers have vowed not to return to work until their grievances have been addressed. They have since rejected a number of offers which the government had offered arguing that the offers were insignificant given the inflationary nature of the economy.
Public health institutions are reportedly engaging personnel from the Zimbabwe National Army to save the situation.
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