Health Minister Moyo hounds doctors

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By Staff Reporter

HEALTH and Child Care Minister Obadiah Moyo whose qualifications as a medical practitioner have constantly been a source of debate and conjecture is once again in the spotlight this time over claims he is targeting professionals at public institutions.

Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals acting chief executive Officer Dr Noah Madziva is the latest target after being hauled before a disciplinary hearing for “snubbing” Moyo.

In a letter dated April 15, 2019, signed by a G Mhlanga, Madziva is accused of deliberately absenting himself during Moyo’s visit.

“You are hereby invited to appear before the investigation committee, to answer allegations of your absence from duty as acting chief executive officer, during the visit by Hon Minister of Health and Child Care and the Assistant Minister of Health of the United Arab Emirates on afternoon of 29 March 2019,” the written on a government letterhead reads in part.

“You are requested to meet before the committee on 17th April 2019at 0900hts in the chief director preventive services’ office.”

It could not be established whether the disciplinary hearing went ahead. Contacted for comment Moyo refused to comment on the matter.

“Please send questions to our (Ministry of Health) public relations officer Mr Mujiri,” said Moyo.
Efforts to contact Mujiri were fruitless.

Moyo was recently accused of hounding Harare Central Hospital chief executive officer Dr Nyasha Musuka in what critics argued was a case of witch-hunt.

Musuka was reportedly forced into resignation after Moyo accused the medical practitioner of “disrespecting” him. Moyo had arrived at the country’s biggest referral health centre but found Musuka absent again with the UAE official in tow.

The Health Minister’s qualifications are said to be less than “authentic” with claims he is uncomfortable with qualified personnel.

Insiders claim Madziva was actually in theater when Moyo arrived and could not have left what he was doing to attend to the Minister.