ZIMBABWE’S public health institutions could be running on auto pilot amidst indications that all Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) in government hospitals have been dismissed under what the Health Services Board (HSB) has described as a restructuring exercise.
By Michael Gwarisa
In an interview with HealthTimes, HSB Board Chair Paulinos Sikhosana said the restructuring was meant to bring sanity in all public health institutions.
There is a restructuring going to improve efficiency effectiveness and integrity, so that’s the only statement that I can tell you,” said Dr Sikhosana before he hung up.
The move however comes at a time the country’s health sector is in the doldrums in the wake of a raging COVID-19 pandemic as well as a crippling industrial action by health personal across board.
Contacted for comment, Health and Child Care deputy minister, Dr John Mangwiro said only the HSB could comment on the issue since it was in their jurisdiction and they were better placed to respond.
Chief Executive Officers in most public health institutions fell by the wayside since the dawn of the new dispensation in what many experts believe was an exercise by recently fired health and child care minister, Dr Obadiah Moyo to appoint CEOs who were loyal to him.