By Staff Reporter
ZIMBABWE Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) has thrown its full weight behind the striking doctors adding that their cause is genuine.
Doctors are currently on strike owing to poor working conditions that include measly salaries.
The association said the ministry of health and the health services board must address concerns of doctors urgently to avert needless loss of lives in the country.
In a statement ZADHR said the impasse is causing undesirable exposure of patients and violations of their right to healthcare and deserve urgent attention.
“We note that while the bickering and gerrymandering continues patients continue to suffer. It is therefore important for the responsible institutions to address the concerns of the doctors to avoid needle loss of lives in Zimbabwe’s hospitals.
“Medical professionals are an important cog in the resuscitation and development of the health sector. We believe prioritizing their conditions of service will motivate the doctors to contribute towards better health outcomes for the nation.
“We therefore, as ZADHR, stand in solidarity with the striking doctors as they not only work to enhance their well being but to enhance quality of healthcare to all Zimbabweans. Health Professionals are pivotal in the advancement of the right to healthcare as enshrined in the constitution of Zimbabwe,” ZADHR said in the statement.
ZADHR added that the Ministry of Health and Child Care has to urgently improve the conditions of work for health professionals instead of issuing threats of ostracisation and victimization.
The association said government need to also ensure that essential drugs and medicines are provided in all public health institutions.
Government is currently cash strapped and has virtually left anything to do with health care in the hand of donors and development partners such as UNCEF and UNDP.
HIV/AIDS and TB response for example if generally funded by donors through Global Fund and even efforts by government through Aids Levy has not raised enough revenue.
In his 2017 National Budget Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa introduced another health levy on airtime and data as a way of trying to self fund the health sector.
Most health facilities in the country have shortage of staff, but are unable to fill the posts as government froze employment in the health sector from as far as 2012.–