STRIKING doctors have dismissed reports making rounds on various media platforms stating that they have agreed to resume work after being convinced by First Lady, Auxilia Mnangagwa to end the strike.
By Kudakwashe Pembere
A meeting was held at the State House between the First Lady and the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association where the former reportedly charmed the latter into halting the strike while their grievances were being addressed by Government.
In an interview with HealthTimes, Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) spokesperson, Dr Anele Bhebe said there has not been any agreement yet and the strike was going on.
The ZHDA even confirmed on their tweet saying there was no such thing.
“ZHDA refused to sign any deal, contrary to what you published today. Also, we do not take the Hippocratic Oath. Also look up the Geneva Declaration,” the junior doctors tweeted.
After the two hour meeting, the First Lady said she had agreed to take up their grievances to relevant authorities so that they could address those that could immediately be implemented.
Meanwhile, despite their call for applications from intern doctors was turned down, Government has reactivated the invites from candidates who have completed five years in medical School and ready for internships, as well as foreign trained doctors meeting local requirements.
All candidates who successfully completed their Part V Bachelor of Surgery degrees in universities in Zimbabwe and are due to take up their first year internship and foreign trained doctors who successfully sat for the Medical and Dental Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe Board examinations and are ready for their first year internship are advised to report at any of the below listed institutions to apply for placements to do the internships. Choice of institution will be on a first come first served basis, said Health and Childcare Secretary Dr Gerald Gwinji.
Dr Gwinji said there are over 200 internship placements around the countrys central hospitals mainly affected by the strike.
He said Harare Central Hospital would accommodate 58 placements, Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals 57, Mpilo Central Hospital 43, United Bulawaoy Hospital 40 and Chitungwiza Central Hospital 6.
Applicants are directed to submit their applications through the director (human resources) at the Ministry headquarters in office no 4-49, 4 th Floor Kaguvi Building, Harare, Indicating their choice of institution, said Dr Gwinji.