Normalcy slowly returns to hospitals after doctors return

By ZBC Reporter
The return of doctors and consultants at the country’s five biggest referral hospitals after an absence of almost three months has provided a ray of hope to patients that were struggling to access health services.
Rewinding a few weeks back, Harare hospital had no activity to talk about.
Normalcy is, however, slowly returning to the health institution with most services ranging from the casualty, outpatients, male and female wards, as well as renal unit now operating though still below the normal capacity.
The corridors are now bustling with activity again as health seekers and providers now throng one of the key health institutions in the country.
Patients and their accompanying relatives, who faced a harrowing time during the strike by health personnel, can now afford a smile as the tide is now turning.
Mr Waison Mlauzi is a renal patient and his meagre earnings mean he cannot afford hemodialysis treatment at a private hospital.
His only hope is government-run facilities where treatment is now free. Mr Mlauzi though in pain is happy that doctors are now back at work to assist patients like him.
The central hospital has 177 medical doctors and consultants and 117 doctors and government consultants are back at work except for sixty consultants from the University of Zimbabwe.
“The number of doctors who are reporting for duty has improved. In fact, all the government employed doctors are reporting for duty save for those consultants from the university. The number of patients who are coming on a daily basis is also picking up,” said Harare Hospital Public Relations Manager, Juliet Chikurunhe.
Ward B4 which had collapsed as admitted patients were moved to other wards to allow the few health workers who were reporting for duty easy access, has been re-opened.
All central hospitals namely Harare, Parirenyatwa, Chitungwiza, Mpilo and United Bulawayo Hospitals had been operating below capacity ever since doctors withdrew their services in September last year with only emergency cases being attended to.