GOVERNMENT has promised to have free accommodation for doctors and other health workers by March and June next year.
By Kudakwashe Pembere
This emerged at a joint Ministry of Health and Child Care and Ministry of Housing and Social Amenities press briefing at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospital.
Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said the Ministry Of National Housing in the accommodation arrangement will start the construction of flats for doctors and nursing staff and other healthcare workers.
“It has to be a fully composite situation where our staff will not have to drive to work but be available at the workplace. The accommodation we have on site is not adequate to be able to meet all our members of staff. That is the issue bringing the minister here. Its an issue that has been approved by Cabinet. Cabinet said institutional accommodation must be made available for all our health workers,” he said.
He added that apart from the accommodation solution they found, they intend to provide vehicles for these health workers as well as food.
Housing and Social Amenities Minister Hon. Daniel Garwe said health workers as part of the citizenry deserve affordable accommodation.
“We are going to be building on behalf of the ministry of health affordable institutional accommodation for our junior doctors, and other health workers,” he said.
He explained that work is underway at Marimba.
“As we sit, we have two blocks of flats under construction in Marimba. They are on various stages of construction. We are hoping that if we motivate construction now, we will be able to hand over the blocks of flats by March 2020,” Minister Garwe said.
Minister Garwe added that they will be constructing flats at central hospitals to accommodate the health workers.
“However, parallel to that we have also identified land in all our major hospitals Parirenyatwa being number one, Harare Hospital, Mpilo, and United Bulawayo Hospitals. We are going to be constructing some blocks of flats.
“We are starting with additional two blocks of flats per hospital. We intend to start as quickly as possible and we are hoping by mid-next year, May, June we will be handing over completed units to the ministry of health,” he said.