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Nurses down tools, fight for poor patients

By Farayi Machamire

Scores of Chitungwiza Central Hospital nurses yesterday downed tools to demonstrate over the plight of patients who they said are paying the ultimate price for the hospital’s “outrageous want of money”.

Scores of Chitungwiza Central Hospital nurses yesterday downed tools to demonstrate over the plight of patients who they said are paying the ultimate price for the hospital’s “outrageous want of money”.
Scores of Chitungwiza Central Hospital nurses yesterday downed tools to demonstrate over the plight of patients who they said are paying the ultimate price for the hospital’s “outrageous want of money”.

The nurses, temporarily brought business to a halt at one of the country’s revered health institutions, bemoaning that patients who had no money were being left to die.

There was palpable anger among the demonstrators who spoke of a patient who recently lost his life as a result of the government hospital running out of oxygen.

Brandishing placards emblazoned “no to shortage of drugs”, “avail electricity in all departments”, “prioritise patients” and “no to corruption”, the nurses said “not everything that is happening at this hospital is being reported”.

“Accident victims are being left unattended until they have paid for the service. Patients are failing to access a high protein diet as their meals are dominated by sadza and cabbage.

“In the morning, there is only one slice of bread for each patient.

“The $0,20 cents being required of patients to purchase a syringe is beyond the reach of many.

“We made a vow to uphold lives but we are failing to do that,” said one nurse who demonstrated alongside others but declined to be named fearing reprisal. Another interjected: “It did not start today. We have been petitioning our bosses for a long time but no action has been taken.

“We have recorded one death as we had no oxygen the whole day but continue to say ‘work with what you have’ but that is a betrayal to the profession.”

The nurses sang hoisting their placards before laying siege at the office of Chitungwiza Central Hospital chief executive officer Obadiah Moyo.

“We are turning away sick patients who don’t have money yet we are a government-run hospital.

“Our private laboratory costs are charging way above what other government institutions are charging.

“People can’t afford and they are sleeping in beds without any help,” said one nurse.

Another nurse further added that “we are being forced to hide some of the problems” at the health institution which had up to this time gained a good reputation as being one of the best State-run health institutions in Zimbabwe.

Efforts to get a comment from Moyo were fruitless as he was said to have been out of his office yesterday and was allegedly with President Emmerson Mnangagwa at the Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT).

Mnangagwa was being installed as chancellor of the CUT where he was presiding over the institution’s graduation ceremony yesterday. Daily News

  • Thank you Medical Proffessionals for showing sympathy to the patients who are vulnerable and at the mercy of the government’s Ministry of Health

  • Heavy

  • If only all the hospitals could gollow suit and mount more pressure

  • Ndokugonakauku

  • Hats off to yu guys ……. it was long overdue nhaimi ambori muridzi we Pharmacy yechimbadzimo iri paChitungwiza ndiyani ndoda kumutaurira kuna aChiwenga adzosere mari kunyika nxaaaaaa

    • ndeya Obadiah Moyo mukuru wehospital.

    • ndeya Obadiah Moyo mukuru wehospital.

    • Uuuuuuum he is very cruel indeed kuita mari nerufu rwevanhu chokwadi lets hope the net will close on him mu 90days idzi inenge ichingori tenga tsono pa Pharmacy tengai drip, tengai injection 24/7 chi compare ma price nekumwe 500% expensive

  • u are my heros

  • It was long overdue this rot start a long time ago. Obadia Moyo must go!!

    • Wapinda mupolitics iwe,nemanurse acho must go, vanoignowa mapatience achiyuwira nemarwadzo vari pawhatssap,nemanurse acho futi ngaaende

    • Lloyd unenge une zvawaiwana zvawaakutya kuti ungangoruza iwe.

    • Lloyd unenge une zvawaiwana zvawaakutya kuti ungangoruza iwe.

    • Lloyd is there anything wrong with entering politics?

  • That’s the kind of pple we want in new Zimbabwe

  • #Generationalrenewal

  • “Nurses by design”, demonstrating to the “management by default”

    • What do you mean???

    • Nurses who have patients at heart, whose motive is to treat patients unlike people who join a profession just because they want food on the table.

    • Can’t you c that their jobs are on the line if the gvt hospital continues to charge those extortionist fees.

    • Their salary comes from the treasury so even if they go to work for a year without treating a single patient, they get paid just like soldiers get paid even when there is no war

    • Kkkkk with this new political dispensation, they feel that they may find themselves in the streets considering the RBM system being introduced in the public sector. Zvekuti pay inouya usina chawaita will soon be the thing of the past and they know it

  • a big THANK U frm me!!!!

  • thank you guys may God bless you fighting for poor people zvonzwisa tsitsi kutadza kurapwa nekuti hauna mari

  • Very good. You should mobilised the parliamentarians.

  • Many many thanks to you guys

  • Mwakabashuma tobabonga yamho

  • Issue has been received with mixed feeling.
    Who has the actual truth here

  • They also should execute their duties diligently

  • #teamkubatana

  • Ndochaiyo

  • the ceo was handpicked by grace gucci.is corrupt

  • the ceo was handpicked by grace gucci.is corrupt

  • the ceo was handpicked by grace gucci.is corrupt

  • It’s good to have pple who demonstrate not for their self agrindisement but for the people they save. Thank you guys you are the best.

  • Kunyepa kwemanurse ayo, vakashaya mkana wekutonyoresa vanoda kudzidzira hukoti, VaMoyo vakaramba corruption ipapo.Manurse they are professionals vane nzira here yekumisa kushaikwa kwemishonga yakanaka yavakamboita nemkuru wechipatara isiri yekuratidzira?ko varwere zvavanofira pamutsetse vari pamafone zvisinei kuti murwere atengerwa mushonga mupharmacy inodhura yacho?Pane arikuvatuma manurse aya arikumatongerwo enyika nekuti runyerekupe rurikutenderera kuti Dr Moyo vangangomira kuita nhengo yeparamerende muZengeza East, kana vachirwira povo isusu vakadii kuratidzira pharmacy inodhura mishonga ichangotanga? Manurse musashandiswe imi.Kana chipatara ichochi chisiri kufamba mushe maipembera wani chapihwa mubairo wekugona basa kudarika zvimwe zvese muZimbabwe? Hapana asirikuziva kuti munyika zvinhu zvakadhakwa, kusiya varwere muchiratidzira kunge yhuuthi, nxa shaaaame

    • I lost my dad due to shortage of drugs sort of things and u say they a being used…why protecting situation tht is not normal..You a stupid shit

    • I bought madrugs aidiwa acho mwana wangu akafa just after delivery nambwa vakagara mkadzi wangu achiyuwira nekurwadziwa saka vandinakira chii nhasi, to hell ne march yavo they are up to something nxaaaa

    • I bought madrugs aidiwa acho mwana wangu akafa just after delivery nambwa vakagara mkadzi wangu achiyuwira nekurwadziwa saka vandinakira chii nhasi, to hell ne march yavo they are up to something nxaaaa

    • An innocent boy of mine, akafa ndakatarisa ndichivakumbira kuti vabatsire tseeeki mhani

    • An innocent boy of mine, akafa ndakatarisa ndichivakumbira kuti vabatsire tseeeki mhani

    • Lloyd usanyepe iwee! Maybe une zvawanga uchiwana nesituation iri on the ground. I would support their move whether politically motivated or not. Arent the opposition celebrating the firing of mugabe even if they benefited nothing??

    • I benefited the loss of my son due to negligence of those nurses, nothing more nothing less, even if the authorities supplied the necessary equipment and drugs, those nurses are not that kind hearted to march for the benefit of the public, ummm i doubt, some just chose that profession just to get their salaries not for the love of looking after patients,kkkkkkkk,

    • I lost my father through this horrible hospital.

  • that capitalist pig obadiah moyo is charging the smallest of things. its his own private enterprise now. thanks guys for standing up to him

    • yaa Moyo auraya hospital iyi ndiye muridzi wetuma private pharmacy

    • yaa Moyo auraya hospital iyi ndiye muridzi wetuma private pharmacy

  • Thank u so much

  • Just yesterday 02-12-17 at around 7pm paiva nemota ML yesilver yaikanda mafliers ane mazita evashandi vepachipatara vainzi vadzingwe basa vane corruption, mafliers ndeeyi, humbowo kana huripo ngavamiswezve zviri pamutemo,, ML yaive yakabviswa registration number what for? Kana paine chokwadi chiripo? Tichazviziva chete zvirikuitika nxaaa

  • The Zimbabwe that god wants

  • Inga manurse anotombonzwawo tsitsi kkkk

  • Welcome to new Zimbabwe indeed God is with us

  • Jambanja

    This is what we ask the old/new minister of health what he intends to do about this situation. This is one hospital all of them are the same. Would he want to be treated on the wards in any of the hospitals and if the answer is no then we need to know why not. He has been on the job for years and if he can’t do the Job. Munangwaga and he public whom you are answerable to should fire him. Mr president if you are going abroad for treatment then you will be failing in your job. Priorities first no Billion dollar university for RG we need an improved health system for all

  • Well done colleagues, nursing is a calling we are supposed to be advocating for the patients God bless you.

  • Zikomo anthu a Yehova

  • Im so overwhelmed!News

  • Thank you so much.

  • sarah Mahoka

    it is a noble cause but we have a new president. Have you at all given dialogue a chance before demonstrating? Not at all impressed