The tuberculosis (TB) ward at
The learning institutions in the country are not churning out enough health professionals to plug the holes left by those who are leaving.
As a result of the "stayaway", all patients are being referred to Wilkins Clinic, another health centre also affected.
The senior nurses and doctors, whose homes are in the vicinity of the hospital are overwhelmed by the influx of sick people as the facilities there were meant for a stipulated number of patients.
The government has been awarding civil servants piece-meal increments that are not in tandem with the cost of living.
Most civil servants, after the recent pay hikes, are earning an average of $1 million a month, a figure below the poverty datum line. Poverty datum line is officially pegged at $1,7 million. However, independent analysts put it well above $10 million.
Transport costs up to $30 000 a trip to suburbs in
Most patients, struggling to make ends meets cannot afford to go to privately-run hospitals where a figure of up to $60 million is required before admission. Even those under medical aid cover, are struggling to meet the shortfalls.
"Now, where do we go?" asked a dejected Ellen Makwara, whose son was writhing in agony outside
The government, has reacted to the crisis by sending army medics but they, too, are overwhelmed with work as many places have been vacant. Doctors and nurses are laving in droves every day to regional countries and overseas where life is better.....