A number of patients are scared to undergo surgical operations fearing to lose their lives in the process with some even going abroad for operations such as heart surgery which can also be successfully done with few specialist anaesthetists locally.

Zimbabwe today joined the rest of the world in commemorating World Anaesthetic Day.

The country has a shortfall of physician anaesthetists who are critical during all types of surgical operations.

Speaking during a public awareness campaign, Head of Division Anaesthesia and Critical Care Harare and Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals Dr Musvo Mapfanyangira said Zimbabwe has less than 100 physician anaesthetists.

“We need to have more specialist and surgeons who can do surgical operations at small hospitals to reduce pressure on big hospitals,” said Dr Mapfanyangira.

President of Zimbabwe Anaesthetic Association Dr Tafadzwa Kandawasvika also said public awareness on operation procedures is key for them to understand how patients are going to be treated.

“There is no need for people to spend more money seeking for surgical operations outside the country but to rely on our local physicians,” Dr Kandawasvika said.

The World Anaesthetic Day is commemorated on the 16th of October every year.