Sharon Chigeza Post Correspondent
SENIOR doctors and specialists in Manicaland have defied the call by junior doctors to down tools last Saturday and have continued operations as normal.
In an interview with The Manica Post, Manicaland provincial medical director, Dr Patron Mafaune said doctors in the province were carrying out their duties as normal and were not affected by developments occurring across the country.
“We do not have junior doctors in Manicaland and to that effect we are not at all affected by their planned industrial action across the country. It is business as usual in our public hospitals with patients being attended to,” she said.
A snap survey by The Manica Post in public hospitals around Mutare showed that medical personnel in the institutions were carrying out their duties as usual. Patients were being attended to with the urgency they deserved and doctors were present to attend to cases.
An elderly woman identified as Mbuya Manaka from Rusape said she had been transferred from Rusape Hospital to Mutare Provincial Hospital and was satisfied with the service delivery.
“We were transferred this morning from Rusape and a few minutes after arrival we were duly attended to without any problems,” she said.
Junior doctors at public health facilities across the country downed tools on Saturday, citing several challenges such as unsatisfactory working conditions, low salaries and lack of basic medicines and equipment.
Government on Monday urged the striking junior doctors to go back to work while it looked into their grievances.