UNIVERSITY of Zimbabwe Vice Chancellor Professor Paul Mapfumo has reinstated the College of Health Science lecturers Mr Bothwell Mbuwayesango and Dr David Chimuka following meetings with the Zimbabwe Medical Association coupled with pressure from other doctors.
By Kudakwashe Pembere
In an interview with HealthTimes, Zima secretary general Dr Sacrifice Chirisa said the Vice Chancellor will notify the duo also government consultant specialists.
“The update is that the Vice Chancellor is lifting the termination and suspension. The two senior colleagues will get their letters to such effect tomorrow,” he said.
Dr Chirisa in a statement said after the two lecturers-cum-surgeons were relieved of their duties at the university, they requested an urgent meeting with the Vice Chancellor.
He said another meeting had to be held involving the two members concerned to allow clarification and further investigate the circumstances around their alleged breach of contractual obligations.
“During this meeting the parties also agreed that Senior Consultants in the University of Zimbabwe are not on strike, and will make everything possible to ensure continuity of teaching of the programmes in the College of Health Sciences.
“There was missing information relating to the role played by the two concerned members relating to their contractual obligations. Senior Consultants have a critical role to play in meeting their contractual obligations to the University,” Dr Chirisa said.
With these observations, and further submissions by representatives of the Surgical Department of the University of Zimbabwe, resolved, that Senior Consultants particularly those from the University have a critical role to play in resolving the current challenges in the health sector.
“Senior Consultants should undertake to play a greater role in ensuring that the training and teaching in the University Of Zimbabwe College Of Health Sciences is not compromised. The University reconsiders its action in light of further information availed and submissions made during the discussions,” the ZiMA Secretary General said.
The surgeons were issued with letters of relief from work as lecturers on allegations of inciting the industrial action by doctors in Zimbabwe’s central hospitals namely Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals, Harare Central Hospital and Mpilo Hospital.