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Senior Doctors Express Confidence In ED

Seniors Doctors who Wednesday met with President Emmerson Mnangagwa say they are confident that their grievances will be met and expect the government to start delivering drugs in hospitals soon.

Speaking after a meeting arranged by the First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa at State House, Dr Faith Muchemwa and Health and Childcare Minister, Obadiah Moyo, said the president promised to fast track procurement of drugs for use in hospitals as most health facilities are facing an acute shortage of medication.

“We were invited here by the First Lady, she is the one who arranged this meeting because she was concerned about our work at the public institutions so that she could understand what was going on because she cares about our situation.

“She then arranged for a meeting with the President and we were listened to. We were assured that most of the things we have requiring are actually on their way through the Minister,” she said.

Questioned on the list of things promised, Dr Muchemwa stated; “its mainly the medicines, the sundries to use in the hospitals actually, and some of the equipment that had broken down, some of them have been bought and some people are coming to fix that which had broken down.”

She expressed confidence and faith that all the promised goods will be delivered.

“I’m a doctor and I work with faith, so yes (i have confidence that ED will deliver)”

She, however, said the meeting did not discuss the doctor’s salaries, which remains one of the key issues in resolving the health crisis in the country.

Minister Moyo added that Mnangagwa will achieve the wish list for the doctors as soon as possible.

“The president has indicated that he will achieve their wish list…it was really relevant because these are items that are required in our institutions.

“He was very receptive and he is going to be utilizing his influence to be able to get these products so that can ensure that all the hospitals are stocked, so it’s a good starting point,” Minister Moyo said.

Like Dr Muchemwa, Minister Moy was mum on the remuneration saying the issue will be discussed on other forums.

This is despite calls by both junior and senior doctors for government to review their salaries which they want to be paid in US dollars.

Government has previously insisted that it will not pay them in foreign currency owing to acute shortages of forex.

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