Busi­ness as usual at MPH

The Manica Post - - Front Page - Tendai Guku­tikwa Post Cor­re­spon­dent

FOL­LOW­ING the Health Ser­vices Board (HSB)’s de­ci­sion on Mon­day to sus­pend 530 ju­nior doc­tors who had em­barked on an il­le­gal month­long strike, it was busi­ness as usual at Mutare Provin­cial Hos­pi­tal.

The strik­ing ju­nior doc­tors were sus­pended with­out pay and ben­e­fits and it was with im­me­di­ate ef­fect. They were sus­pended for 14 days to pave way for in­ves­ti­ga­tions into al­le­ga­tions of vi­o­lat­ing labour reg­u­la­tions after a labour court ruled re­cently that the in­dus­trial ac­tion was il­le­gal.

In an in­ter­view re­cently, Man­i­ca­land Provin­cial med­i­cal di­rec­tor, Dr Pa­tron Mafaune said doc­tors in the prov­ince were car­ry­ing out their du­ties as nor­mal and were not af­fected by the strike de­vel­op­ments oc­cur­ring across the coun­try.

“We were not at all af­fected by the in­dus­trial strike that was go­ing on across the coun­try be­cause in Man­i­ca­land we do not have ju­nior doc­tors. Our doc­tors are ever present to at­tend to cases and that is com­mend­able,” said Dr Mafaune.

Since early De­cem­ber, ju­nior doc­tors at pub­lic health in­sti­tu­tions across the coun­try went on an in­dus­trial strike cit­ing sev­eral chal­lenges which in­clude un­sat­is­fac­tory work­ing con­di­tions, low salaries and lack of ba­sic medicines and equip­ment.

Pa­tients were be­ing at­tended to in time and med­i­cal per­son­nel were car­ry­ing out their du­ties with­out any hitches as usual when The Man­ica Post vis­ited Mutare Provin­cial Hos­pi­tal this week.

Un­like other pub­lic hospi­tals in the coun­try where the out-pa­tients de­part­ments had been closed due to the ju­nior doc­tors’ strike, the lo­cal in­sti­tu­tion’s out-pa­tients de­part­ment was open for busi­ness all along.

A good num­ber of pa­tients could be seen en­ter­ing and leav­ing after re­ceiv­ing the med­i­cal help they sought.

A Mu­tasa woman, Vim­bai Make­denge who had come to the hos­pi­tal with her in­fant grand­child com­mended the Man­i­ca­land med­i­cal per­son­nel for not down­ing their tools and sav­ing her grand-daugh­ter’s life. She said she was sat­is­fied with the ser­vice de­liv­ery at the pub­lic hos­pi­tal as she had not ex­pected to be at­tended to at all due to the on­go­ing strike.

“She fell down from a tree while play­ing and I was so fright­ened think­ing that she might not sur­vive it since we knew that doc­tors were on strike. I was how­ever sur­prised when we got here and she was im­me­di­ately at­tended to,” said Make­denge.

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