18 March 2019

Zimbabwe Cannot Outsource Its Development - It Has to Fix the Fundamentals First

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While South Africa believes sanctions should be scrapped in Zimbabwe, analysts indicate that the sanctions narrative has been an easy scapegoat in addressing the real issues affecting the country.

Tears streaming down her cheeks, Dr Azza Mashumba, a paediatrician at Parirenyatwa Group of hospitals in Harare, could not hide her anguish over the dire situation at the hospital.

"Nobody is listening to us. I have knocked on a thousand doors. I come to work and do my very best, but my output is stillbirths; my output is disabled babies.

"This is heartbreaking for me... but we are struggling with the work we are doing, we are not working, we are not helping patients," says Mashumba with tears still flowing down her cheeks.

This comes after senior medical practitioners and consultants scaled down their operations on 12 March 2019 demanding that government provides the necessities that enable them to deliver the required health services.

A letter signed by Dr Matthew Wazara, a specialist surgeon working at Parirenyatwa Hospital, reads: "The authorities indicated that active effort was being to restock the hospital with supplies and address the challenges in the immediate term but accept that the hospital has had to run on...

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