Normalcy has returned at all government hospitals with a snap survey by the ZBC News showing that operations are now smooth as nursing staff have resumed work after calling off the industrial action and government pronouncement to rehire retired, newly qualified and those that reapplied.
A visit by the ZBC News to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals shortly before the 5pm visiting hour confirmed that normalcy was back with nurses attending to patients.
Members of the public also urged the nurses to always prioritise human life before going on strike and called on both government and the nurses to continuously engage each other to avoid a repeat of the same situation were nurses completely downed their tools.
The government is currently hiring retired, newly qualified and unemployed nurses with practising certificates in order to fill the vacancies left by the 5 093 nurses who had been issued with dismissal letters.
These are also being considered for reapplication.
In Bulawayo, nurses and other health staff are back in their numbers in health institutions following an intervention by the government and the nurses association bringing hope to patients.
When the ZBC News crew visited the United Bulawayo Hospitals late this afternoon, patients said the increased presence of nurses is a cause for celebrations amongst them.
“It’s pleasing to see these ladies back at work. Their presence has been increasing day by day. Nurses are very important in our lives and we are happy to have them again,” said one patient Daniel Maphalala.
Another patient Bongani Ncube said it is good news to that more nurses have been hired saying it gives them hope as patients to fight their illnesses adding he looks forward to be discharged in two days time.
Visitors who came to see patients also weighed in saying that the situation in wards has improved as nurses are now showing more seriousness in upholding their oath of saving lives.
“When i came to visit my sister today i saw more nurses that yesterday and they are busy attending to patients. Now we believe our beloved ones will be attended to,” said one Mayibongwe Bozho.
The situation has however returned to normalcy at Marondera Hospital were all departments are now fully functional.
key 1.dr taziva jemwa…acting medical superitendent marondera hospital
Marondera Hospital acting medical superintendent, Dr Taziva Jemwa said the situation has returned to normalcy at the province’s referral centre after the industrial action by the nursing staff.
When the ZBC News visited the hospital, it was business as usual in all departments with nursing staff attending to patients.
Bed occupancy in all wards has also returned to normalcy with all wards having more than 50 percent occupancy.