Minister of Health and Child Care Dr David Parirenyatwa speaking after visiting Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals this morning

The Minister of Health and Child Care Dr David Parirenyatwa has visited Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals this morning to assess the situation following the doctors’ strike which has paralysed operations at most public hospitals across the country.

Speaking in a video clip posted on the ministry’s Twitter page , Dr Parirenyatwa reiterated his call urging doctors to return to work and negotiate with the government while at work so that people’s lives are not lost unnecessarily.

“I have just been to Parirenyatwa casualty and certain wards. It’s very busy patients need a lot of care. As it is now we are happy that some doctors are still at work, we would urge them (other doctors) to come back to work because the patients are indeed suffering.

“We have an outbreak of bronciolitis amongst our little ones those below 2 years and are struggling to get attention and we really urge professional and ethical doctors to come back to work while we address their well-known grievances that are receiving attention by government,” said Dr Parirenyatwa.

Members of the Health Profession Authority (HPA) conducted a survey at Parirenyatwa, Harare and Chitungwiza hospitals yesterday and established that only a few senior doctors are attending to emergencies.

Hospital doctors downed tools on March 1 after petitioning government to address a number of grievances that include the payment of locum allowances.