Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo has accused senior management at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals of ineptitude saying he was being forced to do management duties.
Minister Moyo was in a meeting that was called for by the doctors at Parirenyatwa Hospital.
Responding to an emotional doctor who could not hide her tears over the deteriorating situation at the hospital, Dr Moyo said he was not supposed to be micromanaging but there should be managers and administrators who are capable.
“I am sorry Dr Mashumba. I feel equally emotional, really I am not supposed to be micromanaging.
“We are supposed to have managers, administrators who are capable. I also find myself being frustrated sometimes and have to end up doing management work because of lack of response.
“Yes the main issue is foreign currency but there are means and ways in which we can be able to speed up issues,” Dr Moyo said.
He said he wanted a well-supported institution and can look after their patients.
“I want to say very clearly at this institution that I want to thank you very much for inviting me to come and see directly and hear directly from you about the problems that you are facing.
“I have said I want a health care team who are well supported“, Dr Moyo said.
A Dr identified as Dr Mashumba who works at the hospital’s maternity division said she was certifying dead bodies because of lack of resources.
“I come to work to certify a dead body, which is not why I am here. A mother presents to Mbuya Nehanda, I listen and I can hear foetal heartbeat, the baby is distressed.
“We come here at the main theatre, the foetal heart is dwindling, and it is going. There is no urgency. This happened on the second of February and they are painting the outside, how is that going to help anybody”, she said.
Dr Mashumba said babies are dying because of lack of nurses as they are coming three days per week.
“There is just no urgency, we are trying so hard, we are making a plan, we are trying to come up with contingency plans and everything that we to do is futile. We need help.
“I have written a million lists, I have knocked on a thousand doors, I come to work, I do my very best but my outputs are stillbirths, my outputs are disabled babies,” she said.
Another gynaecological oncologist one doctor Guzha said they were tired of two weeks solutions.
“I think the situation in this hospital is now completely untenable, the problem we are getting this two weeks, three weeks solutions. This hospital has seized to be a Central Hospital. It is now running like a district hospital. I work in a gynaecological cancer unit, we do not have cancer drugs, I am seeing young girls that are 20 years old that come and I have to send them to buy a cancer drug, that is unacceptable,” he said.