Health and Child Care Deputy Minister,Dr John Mangwiro.
By Health Reporter.
Government is set to address gaps in the procurement of pharmaceuticals in order to avert price distortions.
Speaking at a Medical and Dental Private Practitioners Zimbabwe Association Trust inaugural conference held in Kadoma over the weekend, the Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr John Mangwiro revealed that government is in the processing of addressing the issue of exorbitant prices of medicines.
“As government, we discovered that we were buying medicine from middlemen when it should be the opposite. As private dealers we have this habit of what we call tenders, surely, why should the government have a tender to buy from private players?”
Dr Mangwiro encouraged medical service providers to inculcate an attitude of compassion, love, empathy and respect for patients.
He said: “The most popular hospital in Zimbabwe is Karanda. Why, when there are only 42 nurses and we offer the same services? It is because there is reception. We must have passion, love and mercy.”
Meanwhile, the conference also saw the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between medical service providers and the Muduvuri Rehabilitation and Empowerment Foundation aimed at ensuring access to medical services for persons with disabilities.
Jimayi Muduvuri, founder of the Muduvuri Rehabilitation and Empowerment Foundation (MUREF) commented: “Our lawyers have agreed with the doctors that all persons with disabilities under MUREF will now have the right to have free medications. On my side as a land developer I have donated stands in Kadoma and Norton.”
Interim President of the Medical and Dental Private Practitioners Zimbabwe Association Trust, Dr Johannes Marisa said: “We want to complement what Mr Muduvuri has started by assisting persons with disabilities with free medical consultations as long as they are under MUREF and are registered.”
The conference was attended by medical practitioners who included doctors, nurses, dentists and physiotherapist who came under one roof to speak with one voice in efforts to restore the health profession to its former glory.