ZHDA Press Statement on industrial action

The Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) National Executive would like to update the press, members of the public, stakeholders and its members on new developments in the industrial action which has entered its 27th day (Thursday).

The Minister of Health and Child Care, Mr O. Moyo and his deputy, Dr J.0 Mangwiro have misinformed the Acting President General CDGN Chiwenga (R(d) on the reality of the prevailing situation in the health sector. This act is a poor attempt at covering up their shortcomings in the ministry and running a smear campaign on the doctors. We intend to set the record straight so that members of the public are not misinformed by these individuals in the ministry of health seeking to gain mileage.

1. The Junior doctors who initiated the strike and have been suspended are wholly qualified doctors who hold two Bachelor Degrees of Medicine and Surgery (MB. St ChB) from accredited institutions and have graduated from university. They have undergone five and a half years of intense training including clinical rotations and are not under the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education as the ministry would like the Presidium and the public to believe. The government would not be stating that hospitals are at a standstill and chasing after them if these doctors were just students. Students do not treat patients and do not perform surgery on pregnant women, as this would be inhumane and illegal. Having gone through medical school, the Minister and his deputy should be fully aware of this.

2. The government ceased offering financial assistance to medical students years ago. They did not spend ANY money in sending our members to school and this was an effort of the parents, guardians and sponsors of our doctors. Moreso, these doctors earn a basic salary of $329 RTGS, and the bulk of their remuneration are extra hours done on call.

3. When we visited NatPharm, we did not see the protective clothing and laboratory machines we requested. Instead we noted that some of the medication which was being peddled as stocks was beyond expiry date, and the said consignment has donor drugs which should not be passed for bought drugs to the taxpayer. Furthermore, the minister said the medication was procured two weeks ago but none has reached our hospitals. We would like to know whether the medication was kept until it expired or was procured ‘as is’, both of which are acts of sabotage to the nation and the Presidium, and the minister should be taken to task.

4. Not only Junior doctors are on industrial action, but middle level and senior doctors from central, provincial and district hospitals have Joined as the ministry drags its feet. No form of recruitment can replace the already low staffing levels, and stating that the situation is ‘normal’ is an untrue statement.

5. Instead of resolving grievances, the Minister is trying to push constitutional amendments to prevent further strikes. This will enable him to sleep on the job as the health sector crumbles, like he has been doing when these grievances were raised in October and he turned a deaf ear.
We are disappointed that the Minister and his team continue to play politics with people’s lives instead of addressing the situation at hand. The Minister, his deputy and the Health Services Board have failed dismally in their mandate to uphold our fellow countrymen’s health and workers safety.

We hope the Presidium will find a lasting solution to the current impasse for the benefit of our nation. We are ready to offer our services once our grievances have been addressed. We urge the public to steer clear of propaganda and to pray for us as we try to restore sanity to our health sector.

11 Comments

  1. The rumour that Moyo’s medical credentials are very suspicious seem to be founded after all, the man is struggling dispensing duties a simple medical clerk will do with ease. I have always said it that the man was nothing but a zanupf activist who after losing the election on a zanupf ticket went and pleaded with ED to give him a lifeline and our esteemed President so him fit for the health ministry what a circus. Then poor Chiwenga instead of doing due diligence on the issue before going to press and summarily confirm the firing of the Doctors, will again be shamed when all those Doctors will be re-instated when ED returns from leave.

  2. The rumour that Moyo’s medical credentials are very suspicious seem to be founded after all, the man is struggling dispensing duties a simple medical clerk will do with ease. I have always said it that the man was nothing but a zanupf activist who after losing the election on a zanupf ticket went and pleaded with ED to give him a lifeline and our esteemed President so him fit for the health ministry what a circus. Then poor Chiwenga instead of doing due diligence on the issue before going to press and summarily confirm the firing of the Doctors, will again be shamed when all those Doctors will be re-instated when ED returns from leave. As for the Health Services Board, it is known that its staffed with zanupf apologists who knows nothing accept to sugar coat shit and protect the regime they are a disgusting lot

  3. QUITE INTERESTING THAT MINISTER MOYO and VP CHIWENGA DO NOT KNOW THAT THESE ARE JUNIOR DOCTORS WHO HAVE ALREADY QUALIFIED AS DOCTORS. WHAT DOES THIS SAY ABOUT THESE TWO ESTEEMED GENTLEMEN?? CAN YOU IMAGINE HAVING VP CHIWENGA AS THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF ZIMBABWE. GOD HAVE MERCY ON ZIMBABWE

  4. Keep it up our beloved doctors and please continue updating the nation.they are busy spending forex on Mugabes who are already rich coz of their past lootings whilst failing to give these doctors good remuneration.

    1. Support the Medical Staff

      Spot On Spot On @Kuku

  5. Comment…Nhema adzikunde chokwadi. Zivayi kuti vanhu vane avowo maziso. Dzavowo nzeve nepfungwa. Kana maifunga kuti ndimi chete munazvo, kubvira nhasi chizvizivayi. Uye ndovimba
    mose makatora mhiko makabata Bhaibheri. Yeukayi kuverenga zvitsauko izvi kana muchitenda mariri. Asi kana makangoitawo mhiko sevanhu matsvaka
    basa, ayiwa, musazvinetse zvenyu. Nguva dzose ngativenge chivi, uye ngatiite zvakanaka.
    1.Zakaria 8 vs 16-17.
    2.Varoma 1 vs 25.
    3.Vakorose 3 vs 8.
    4.Mateu 5 vs 33-37.
    5.Mapisarema 37 vs 8.
    6.Mapisarema 37 vs 8.
    7.Vatesoronika 4 vs 10-12.
    8.Mabasa Avapositori 20 vs 35.
    9.Mateu 15 vs 11.
    10.Jakopo 3 vs 10.
    Ko reshufle iri rinhiko?

  6. The government has by default created a new currency called RTG and bond note/coin. That currency is now at 30% of its initial value which was arguably 1:1 against the USD according to the public market or price index. Therefore, all salaries aught to be between 250% and 350% more just retain the same buying power or more precisely pay in USD as requested.

    Is the Hospital not charging? Is this money not being looted????

  7. Dear Doctors (Senior and Junior) nation – wide; you have both the prayers and support of the common people of Zimbabwe.

    Thank you for your principled stance and thank you for your service past, present and future.

  8. mablacks mablacks

    Comment…doctors musst respect suffering Zimbabweans than told what to be done by their union people are dying doctors are forming their political party as we saw with the labour party under Tsvangirai so doctors are government employees doctors must respect their employer and solve their grievances not politically as we see it

  9. Comment…Doctors should continue with their struggle we’re behind you. VP Chiwenga thinks he owns this country. He fires gvt employees willy nilly,we will see if he wins.We are all Zimbabweans he isn’t more Zimbabwean than the rest of us

  10. Well done doctors.what message is this so-called government sending to other employers,”You can fire John to hire Peter”,even when John has a genuine grivience.How can someone comment on or tackle issues he has no idea with?It’s only a sign of a dangerous level of incompetence.To any other professionals this is how to do it.

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