Nurses at Council Clinics have been accused of turning into money changers as they prioritise patients with USD to those with bond or RTGS.
Residents at a Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) meeting said that at Highfields Polyclinic nurses have turned into money changers.
The nurses allegedly prioritise patients with United States Dollars and pay for them using their ecocash and bank accounts.
“Our nurses are not receipting United States dollars we give them.
“Instead they are taking the money and use their ecocash to pay for us and give us receipt written in bond note (ZWL)”, said one woman at the meeting.
No Medication Even After Paying Consultation
Further to this residents lamented that after paying the consultation fees there are not given medication but told to buy medication at private pharmacies.
According to a CHRA report residents alleged that “despite the fact that there is no medication at the clinic nurses are selling medical drugs and medication in United States Dollars outside the clinic”.
“It is disappointing that the health personnel are selling drugs while we are told that there is no medication at the clinics, these drugs are sold at night after working hours”, she said.
8 out of 42 Council Clinics Operating
Currently 8 out of forty- two clinics are operational in Harare a situation that has seen people with chronic diseases failing to get medication.
CHRA reports that some pregnant women have resorted to untrained mid-wives to give birth even though they would have paid maternal fees.
The residents who are attended the CHRA meeting resolved to petition Parliament on the violation of the right to health and vowed to drag Harare City Council over the closure of other clinics.