Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda

Provision of health services at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) in Moshi is still very poor as some doctors have been reporting for work, sign in and then leave or wonder about without attending to patients.

While that was happening, the hospital management claimed everything at the hospital was back to normal and that by 11:00 all doctors were present and the strike was no more.

Furthermore, patients, who spoke to The Guardian, said there were among those, who went to hospital from 06:00 to 17:00 but were not attended to by any doctor and so they decided to return home without treatment.

Some doctors, who spoke with this reporter at the hospital’s canteen, said they were not happy with Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda’s statment, saying he used force instead of looking into their genuine demands, adding that they would simply register their names but not work until they were listened to.

“The government has reacted to our demands harshly because it does not want to address our perils. The Prime Minister said they would bring in military doctors. We know that we have the duty of protecting human life but the government too has the duty to look after us,” said one doctor, who refused to give his name.

Some patients, who were at the reception, Isack Zakaria, Romana Temba and Heven Nida, said the strike had caused them great sufferings and some of their family members and friends had lost their lives for lack of health services.

“When the government stops listening to the doctors’ grievances, it risks people’s lives. We’re the ones who suffer most! When they fall sick they are flown to Europe or India. But for us, we can’t afford it. So, medical practitioners are very important people in society,” said Zakaria.

Temba said since they arrived in the morning, they were told to wait and nothing happened till evening came.

For her part, Anna Thadei, who gave birth at the hospital, said she was supposed to have been discharged but since the doctors were not working she had not received a discharge permit, adding that the services were extremely poor.

KCMC director Dr Moshi Ntabaye said services had normalised and that there were 83 interns, 53 doctors undergoing their Master’s degrees and only three were on strike.

He said the management was conducting a roll-call after every few hours to ensure all doctors were present, adding that he had not seen any sign of a go-slow at the hospital.

Source The Guardian

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