…as Tsvangirai seeks medical treatment in South Africa
The Tsvangirai led Movement for Democratic Change which has always been criticising President Robert Mugabe and his family for seeking specialist treatment outside, today reinforced calls for government to revive the health sector.
This follows reports which indicate that MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai has been rushed to South Africa for treatment over a yet-to-be disclosed illness.
Speaking to 263chat Obert Gutu who is the party spokesperson blasted the Zanu PF government for running down the local health delivery system, thereby condemning the majority of the population to poor health services.
He added that there are certain diseases which need medical attention that is unavailable in the country since Zanu PF has trashed health delivery system over the decades of its ruling.
“There is a certain specialist medical attention that our leader is seeking which is not locally available because Zanu PF regime has trashed the health delivery system over the past few decades,” said Gutu.
He also said the party’s main bone of contention is the disapproval of leaders being treated outside the country, over ailments which can be effectively and efficiently treated locally, citing Mugabe’s travel to Singapore as a case study.
“As MDC-T we do not approve of a system where leaders have to travel outside Zimbabwe to seek medical treatment for ailments that can be effectively and efficiently treated locally.
“At one time, President Mugabe travelled to Singapore to seek treatment for an eye cataract, a condition that can be treated by local eye specialist,” he said.
As the health sector continues to dwindle, the Zimbabwean upper class has resorted to seeking medical treatment outside the country at the expense of the ordinary people.
The first family has also frequented the Far East for medical treatment. Last month President Mugabe’s daughter, Bona Mugabe-Chikore, travelled to the Far East for maternity services, a service widely available in the country.