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Zimbabwean doctors speaks on continuous persecution

By Almot Maqolo

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The Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) on Saturday said the continuous persecution of medical practitioners is likely to destabilise the health sector during this time when the nation is supposed to be focusing on resolving the Covid-19 crisis.

This follows escalating tensions in the health sector. Of key concern are the branding of certain medical professionals as “medical assassins” by a senior government official and the threats of arrests, and deregistration of medical practitioners who are alleged to have communicated unethical statements on social media.

In a statement, ZADHR strongly advises against continuous persecution of health care professionals.

“Cases of alleged medical misconduct, if any, must always be handled by the appropriate medical regulatory bodies. Across the globe, self-regulation of medical practitioners has been adopted as the standard approach for ensuring adherence to the highest standards of ethical practice in the medical sector,” it said.

“Government must be seen to be applauding the positive role being played by frontline health workers who are working tirelessly to provide essential services during this pandemic, risking their lives to save Zimbabweans in the process.”

ZADHR added that: “The Covid-19 crisis requires close collaboration between government, health workers and all citizens.”


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