By Staff Reporter
FIREBRAND Bulawayo based rights activist Bekezela Fuzwayo has boldly written to Health and Child Care Minister David Parirenyatwa (pictured) demanding his immediate exit for allegedly mismanaging the country unstable health delivery system which has seen a three week strike by junior doctors go unresolved.
In his letter, Fuzwayo says the job action has led to several deaths as hospitals continue turning away desperate patients due to the absence of the critical medical personnel.
The doctors are demanding a review of their on-call allowances and better working conditions, among some of their immediate demands.
Parirenyatwa came on TV this week announcing a 50 percent upward review of doctors’ allowances, something that was rubbished by the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association as an insincere attempt to resolve a drawn out crisis.
He also told the Senate Thursday up to 391 doctors were now on strike adding that his ministry has failed to resolve the impasse and was, thus, passing it on to higher offices (President Emmerson Mnangagwa).
“As a concerned citizen and in my individual capacity, I by means of this letter request that you consider to immediately tender a resignation letter from your position as Minister of Health and Care to His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe,” wrote Fuzwayo.
BELOW IS THE LETTER IN FULL…
Request for you to resign as Minister of Health and Child Care.
I make reference to the above,
As a concerned citizen and in my individual capacity, I by means of this letter request that you consider to immediately tender a resignation letter from your position as Minister of Health and Care to His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe.
My request that you do this honourable move is motivated by the unreasonably high death rate of the people of Zimbabwe in your hands at government health centres and hospitals.
This is due to the continued collapse of our public heath delivery system which falls under the Ministry you are presiding over since September 2013 and previously between 2002 and 2009.
The situation has deteriorated to extreme heights in the last three weeks where junior doctors have continued on an unabated job strike that has completely brought down the health institutions.
You will note that the doctors have not taken this move only for them to get a remuneration cognisant of their qualifications and responsibilities but also demanding for medical equipment and drugs they need to use in order to save people’s lives and offer a proper service to the nation.
It is saddening to note that instead of your Ministry intervening on the matter, it saw it fit to instead mislead the nation on claims that the situation is under control when in actual facts the opposite was the truth.
In view of the above it is my honest and humble submission Honourable Minister that you take an honourable move and show your concern and care for the people of Zimbabwe and ask the President to relieve you from the responsibilities of the Ministry of Health and Child Care and second someone new who may come in with fresh ideas to carry on from where you have taken us under the circumstances you find yourself working.
I reiterate that my concern is very individually motivated with no malice against your person nor for any expediency but typically as a concern for the dying people of Zimbabwe.
I sincerely hope that you will kindly and in honest accept my request.
Bekezela Maduma Fuzwayo
Mobile phone number 0716 486 415
E-mail [email protected]