Govt pledges to improve doctors conditions of service

By ZBC Reporter
GOVERNMENT has pledged to improve doctors conditions of service and has already taken several measures to address some of the issues raised by doctors in their petition which they handed over to the Ministry of Health and Child Care last year on the 4th of December.
The doctors this Monday presented their Petition before the parliamentary portfolio committee on health raising alarm over the procurement process for medical equipment saying they also need to be involved to avoid anomalies.
Responding to issues raised by doctors at the parliamentary portfolio committee on health, Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr Obadiah Moyo said the government will continue improving the welfare of the doctors subject to availability of resources.
“Government recognises commitment, perseverance and of all doctor. My actions are based on serving the interest of the Ministry of Health and Child Care,” he said.
He said to address the shortage of water in hospitals the government has drilled boreholes in several health institutions
“Availability of water at hospitals it’s the jurisdiction of the local authorities but as a Ministry, we drilled boreholes to ease the problem,” said the Minister.
The Minister also added that doctors should value the welfare of patients saying they left patients without doctors rather seeking medical attention from traditional doctors.
“There is a need to effect biometric at health institutions for accountability. It was insincere for doctors to report on duty once a week, he said.
He added that the government is working tirelessly to secure all necessary equipment to ensure hospitals and doctors are well equipped in carrying out their duties.
“On the issue of equipment, currently foreign currency is a challenge,” added Dr Moyo.