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Govt Committed To Improving Health Workers' Welfare - Chiwenga

Govt Committed To Improving Health Workers' Welfare - Chiwenga

Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care Constantino Chiwenga says the Government is prioritising improving the conditions of service for health care workers.

Speaking on public health and national security in Zimbabwe at the Zimbabwe National Defence University to participants of the national defence course 10/2021 on Thursday, Chiwenga said the Government also wants to ensure the equitable distribution of healthcare workers across the country. He said:

The effect is that quality of care is compromised and over-burdening staff, resulting in burnout, with undesirable consequences on client satisfaction, in respect to service received.

Equitable distribution of staff, particularly specialists, remains a challenge. Most specialists are in the major cities of Harare and Bulawayo. Attracting specialists to other cities has not been very successful.

Some of the reasons given for not taking up posts in smaller cities and towns include inadequate accommodation, lack of opportunities for private practice and unavailability of school facilities for children.

Subsequently, there is a view that Government wants everything to happen in Harare and Bulawayo, which has obvious subjective ramifications when judging Government performance and social cohesion.

At this point, let me underscore that Government is committed to improving the conditions of service for health care personnel so that everyone is motivated to work in any part of the country.

He said this is being done among other things through the availing of accommodation for the workers.

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WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 6 months ago

IT IS DISHEARTENING TO A GOVERNMENT PENSIONER TO HEAR EVERY MINISTER WHO TAKES TO THE PODIUM SPEAKS ON INCREASING SALARIES OF WORKERS IN HIS MINISTRY. PENSIONERS ARE WALLOWING IN ABJECT POVERTY. MINISTER MAVHIMA IS SUPPOSED TO BE OUR MINISTER, BUT EACH TIME HE ADDRESSES THE PRESS HE TALKS ABOUT CIVIL SERVANTS ONLY.

I AM NOT ONLY TOLD THAT DOCTORS AND NURSES ARE LEAVING THEIR POSTS IN DROVES, I ACTUALLY GO TROUGH THE EXPERIENCE WHEN I VISIT SALLY MUGABE HOSPITAL [HARARE] FOR BP, STROKE AND DIABETES CHECK UPS. THERE ARE VERY FEW DOCTORS AND NURSES IN ATTENDANCE AND THOSE WHO ATTEND TO YOU LOOK SULKY. DOCTORS AND NURSES NO LONGER HAVE HEARTS FULL OF THE MILK OF HUMAN KINDNESS.

THAT GLOOMY LOOKING DOCTOR WRITES A PRESCRIPTION AND SENDS YOU TO A PHARMACY OR DISPENSARY TO COLLECT YOUR MEDICINES. OUT OF 7 DRUGS WHICH HAVE BEEN PRESCRIBED BY THE DOCTOR YOU ONLY MANAGE TO GET 2 AND YOU ARE TOLD TO BUY THE REST FROM PRIVATE PHARMACIES. BECAUSE PENSIONERS DO NOT HAVE MONEY TO PURCHASE THESE DRUGS HE SITS AT HOME WAITING FOR THE DAY HE SHALL REST WITH HIS ANCESTORS.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THINGS ARE NOT LOOKING GOOD IN GOVERNMENT HEALTH INSTITUTIONS. MR ED, THINGS STARTED FALLING APART WHEN YOU SUPER IMPOSED THIS MAN OVER DOCTORS AND NURSES ON THE FALSE BELIEF THAT HE WAS GOING TO RIGHTEN THINGS.

DOCTORS AND NURSES DO NOT FEEL GOOD TO WORK IN COMBATIVE SITUATIONS. THEY ARE NOW GOING TO SOUTH AFRICA, GREAT BRITIAN AND UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FOR GREENER PASTURES. SOUTH AFRICA WAS PERSUADED TO SUSPEND RECRUITMENT OF ZIMBABWEAN MEDICAL STAFF. THAT IS NOT HELPING AT ALL.

MR PRESIDENT, GOVERNMENT PENSIONERS WORKED TIRELESSLY IN THICK AND THIN SITUATIONS FOR THIS GOVERNMENT. IT IS NOW THE TURN OF THE GOVERNMENT TO LOOK AFTER THEM. PENSIONERS USED TO BRAG ABOUT PENSIONER STATUS IN PUBLIC PLACES. WE NOW HIDE BEHIND OUR FINGERS.

YOURS FAITHFULLY
CDE KUFA KWANGU ZVAROVA
[THE BUSH LAWYER]


Mr ndhlumbi 6 months ago

Mr chiwenga please improve the welfare of all civil servants immediately hanti ndozvamabvisira Mr Mugabe here boss.



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