Man­i­ca­land doc­tors snub call for in­dus­trial ac­tion

The Manica Post - - Local News - Sharon Chigeza Post Cor­re­spon­dent

SE­NIOR doc­tors and spe­cial­ists in Man­i­ca­land have de­fied the call by ju­nior doc­tors to down tools last Satur­day and have con­tin­ued op­er­a­tions as nor­mal.

In an in­ter­view with The Man­ica Post, Man­i­ca­land provin­cial med­i­cal di­rec­tor, Dr Pa­tron Mafaune said doc­tors in the prov­ince were car­ry­ing out their du­ties as nor­mal and were not af­fected by de­vel­op­ments oc­cur­ring across the coun­try.

“We do not have ju­nior doc­tors in Man­i­ca­land and to that ef­fect we are not at all af­fected by their planned in­dus­trial ac­tion across the coun­try. It is busi­ness as usual in our pub­lic hospi­tals with pa­tients be­ing at­tended to,” she said.

A snap sur­vey by The Man­ica Post in pub­lic hospi­tals around Mutare showed that med­i­cal per­son­nel in the in­sti­tu­tions were car­ry­ing out their du­ties as usual. Pa­tients were be­ing at­tended to with the ur­gency they de­served and doc­tors were present to at­tend to cases.

An el­derly woman iden­ti­fied as Mbuya Manaka from Rusape said she had been trans­ferred from Rusape Hospi­tal to Mutare Provin­cial Hospi­tal and was sat­is­fied with the ser­vice de­liv­ery.

“We were trans­ferred this morn­ing from Rusape and a few min­utes after ar­rival we were duly at­tended to with­out any prob­lems,” she said.

Ju­nior doc­tors at pub­lic health fa­cil­i­ties across the coun­try downed tools on Satur­day, cit­ing sev­eral chal­lenges such as un­sat­is­fac­tory work­ing con­di­tions, low salaries and lack of ba­sic medicines and equip­ment.

Gov­ern­ment on Mon­day urged the strik­ing ju­nior doc­tors to go back to work while it looked into their griev­ances

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