By Chengeto Chidi
STRIKING doctors want the scalp of Health Minister Obadiah Moyo whom they accuse of presiding over the collapse of the health sector.claiming his actions are worsening the health delivery system.
Senior doctors who handed over a petition to the Parliament after a demonstration were they marched Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals called on action against Moyo.
Senior Doctors Association vice president Raphael Makota who read the petition which was handed to parliament called on government to put a leash on Moyo.
“Censure the minister of health and child care so that he can stop his actions that are destroying the health care system of the country and causing many lives to be lost, “Makota said.
Doctors want government to either rein in Moyo or sack the minister before he does more damage.
“It should be caused that he be relieved of his duties before he destroys the nation’s investments in health care that have been done over the years, ” he said.
The doctors expressed discontent over the move by the Ministry of health through the Health Services Board of firing doctors and acknowledged the offer by president Mnangagwa of the moratorium extended to them
“We thank His Excellency the President of Zimbabwe for the moratorium granted, we hope the relevant Ministry of Health and Child Care can help expedite process of engagement,” the doctors said.
In the petition the doctors bemoaned the collapse of hospitals especially lack of equipment, medicines and protective clothing saying government had failed to address the problems.
“Hospitals have run out of drugs and sundries and essential hospital equipment has either broken down , needing urgent repair or replacement.”
“The minister and the permanent secretary in the ministry have been approached several times concerning this problem, many points have been given but nothing tangible has materialised out of it,” senior doctors said.
Senior doctors say they tried to cooperate and handle the situation but now it can not be helped.
Owing to the strike Parirenyatwa has been forced to close 6 wards in the intensive Care unit leaving only three open. Harare Hospital is down to two after closing eight wards, while Mpilo is operating only 2 adult ICU beds and United Bulawayo Hospitals just one ICU ward which is running on a borrowed machine, reducing the number of major operations that the institution is handling.