Grave situation in hospitals
21 July 2020
GRAVE SITUATION IN HOSPITALS
As the Zimbabwe Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists which encompasses all practicing specialists in this area currently operating in Zimbabwe we have found it prudent to voice our concerns and appeal to the relevant authorities on behalf of our patients as we believe it is our mandate to do so in addition to raising public awareness about women and newborn health.
The situation in our hospitals is beyond dire. Our women are suffering and we believe that all stakeholders, the government, medical practitioners, civil society and individuals must act to save the voiceless mothers and babies.
The nurses strike means that there is insufficient staff to monitor women in Labour, administer medications and assist the doctors in the hospitals.
Simply put unborn children and mothers are dying daily, or suffering from the repercussions of inadequate care.
We believe the grievances of the Healthcare workers are valid and must be addressed as a matter of urgency. Our hospitals need adequate staffing and sundries as well as medication to provide care. Even in the face of COVID-19 restrictions Maternal and Child health care remains essential and its neglect could result in more indirect COVID-19 related deaths
We appeal for a response from the relevant ministry as to how this is being addressed and are begging for any other bodies offering a solution to approach us as a society.
For and on behalf of all pregnant women and their unborn children in Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.