The impasse between government and junior doctors who had withdrawn their services is now set to be resolved in the shortest possible time following a meeting held by the Minister of Health and Child Care, the Health Services Board and members of the new Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) national executive.
Health Minister Dr Obediah Moyo, Permanent Secretary of Health Dr Gerald Gwinji, HSB Chairperson Dr Paulinas Skosana and other HSB members, Parirenyatwa Hospital Clinical Director and the ZHDA national executive led by the association’s president Dr Muzoremba and Secretary General Dr Anele Bhebhe this morning held an urgent meeting at Parirenyatwa Hospital to resolve the standoff.
The new ZHDA executive said they are happy formalities to acknowledge them as the bonafide representatives of junior doctors and the assurance that they will be included in tripartite negotiations are now done, and that formal negotiations to end the industrial action are now progressing in earnest.
Minister Moyo called on the junior doctors and stakeholders in the health sector not to forget their purpose of saving lives, adding that as a former hospital CEO, he is aware of challenges being faced in health institutions and the government is committed to ensuring people receive quality health care.
After the meeting, Minister Moyo and his delegation toured the casualty area, outpatient department as well as the rehydration section where incoming patients are monitored before admission.
One of the doctors on duty said the few doctors that are reporting for duty are doing their best to ensure patients are attended to.
At the main pharmacy, Minister Moyo was upraised of the drug situation whose availability continues to be a challenge.
Dr Moyo announced on Tuesday that an assortment of medicines and surgical sundries worth more than US$25 million sourced under an arrangement made between President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the Indian government are expected in the country soon.