“You don’t just appear,” hospital boss tells Chamisa

By Marshall Bwanya
Harare Central Hospital chief executive officer Tinashe Dobbie yesterday told MDC president Nelson Chamisa that his decision to appear at the hospital unannounced is not appropriate.

Chamisa was on an assessment tour of the health facilities in Harare in light of the current doctors’ strike when Dobbie muscled his way through the security personnel to confront the youthful politician at Harare Central Hospital.

“It is not appropriate that you visit this facility without informing and alerting the relevant authorities.

“Even when visiting a particular residency you inform folks about your visit.

“To make matters worse the media covering your tour has no authorisation to do so,” fumed Dobbie.

After failing to stop the tour and being on the end of numerous questions from members of the media, Dobbie eventually left allowing the tour to proceed.

Chamisa told the media that the purpose of his visit was to assess the gravity of the situation in hospitals.

“We are still assessing the situation and we are going to give a comprehensive statement after we finish the tour.

“We’ve started with Harare Central Hospital the situation is very dire but we are yet to tour other areas.

“As you can see other wards are closed because of the dire situation, people are not coming because they realize they are not getting the relief, attention and medication, yes we are assessing it’s not a good situation at all,”  he said.
Doctors have defied the government’s position to return to work citing incapacitation due to effects of inflation.


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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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