20 November 2018
First Lady Auxilia Mnangagwa at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals together with Min Dr Obadiah Moyo
The First Lady, Amai Auxilia Mnangagwa yesterday visited Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals’ ward C5 to investigate the reported ill-treatment of patients.
The visit came after a report citing ill-treatment, poor conditions in the hospital was made through a social media letter that was addressed to the First Lady by aggrieved patients.
“I received a report that patients were being ill-treated in this ward by nurses and the report even named two nurses. I have come to probe that matter because that report really got me worried.
“I want to know what action the hospital has taken since the report has been made. I have also come because no-one from the hospital never made an effort to get in touch with me to clarify such a bad report that tarnishes the image of such a big institution,” she said.
The First Lady even asked for the whereabouts of the two nurses identified in the reports.
Authorities said the two are currently on leave.
“What action has the hospital taken following that report? Nursing should be a calling and I do not expect such reports. You need to get to the bottom of this matter and I want a report and assurance that something like that will never be reported from this hospital again.
“I need a commitment that will be signed by all the nurses and should something like that ever happen again, we will refer back to that.”
Provincial Nursing Officer at the hospital Dr Lillian Dodzo assured the First Lady that investigations were already underway adding that they were also in the process of conducting training for nurses for better care and public relations.
“Investigations are in progress but I also want you know that we are already planning on conducting training for all the nurses at this institution so that we can improve on nursing care.
“The report is not something that we are proud of and we are doing are level best to ensure that patients get the best care even under these harsh economic conditions,” Dr Dodzo.
Minister of Health and Child Care Dr Obidiah Moyo, who was accompanying the First Lady during the fact finding mission, urged nurses to do their best.
“Such reports are really disturbing and I urge all the health workers to do their best in giving the best nursing care. We trust you to do the best as we also work on improving working condition, I know you operating under difficult conditions but we expect the best from you.”