Zimbabwe Sacks Hospital Bosses After Firing of Health Minister

Source: Zimbabwe Sacks Hospital Bosses After Firing of Health Minister – The New York Times

HARARE — Zimbabwe has fired top executives of the country’s five biggest state hospitals as part of a restructuring exercise, the health services board said, a week after the health minister was dismissed following corruption allegations.

Millions of Zimbabweans rely on government hospitals for healthcare, but the institutions face perennial shortages of drugs and basic equipment. Nurses have been on strike for better pay since June.

Health Services Board chair Paulinus Sikhosana told state broadcaster ZBC on Monday that the dismissal of the chief executives and several directors at state hospitals in Harare and Bulawayo was meant to improve “operational efficiency, effectiveness, accountability”.

“It is part of a restructuring exercise within the ministry (of health),” he said.

Sikhosana did not respond to calls on his mobile phone for further comment.

The dismissals come at a time when Zimbabwe is experiencing an uptick in the number of coronavirus infections. Some 985 people have been infected while 18 have died from the pandemic.

Last week, Obadiah Moyo was fired as health minister by President Emmerson Mnangagwa for inappropriate conduct. Moyo, who has made no public comment since his dismissal, was arrested in June over corruption allegations related to the government’s procurement of some $60 million worth of medical equipment.

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    Nyoni 4 months ago

    Actually billions has been stolen by all thugs including the head honcho. And you know what nothing happens to them. If anyone wants to get rich quick in the world simply come to Zimbabwe. You won’t go to jail once you made your illegal monies. Nice heh.