Harare City Council has failed to comply with a High Court order by Chief Justice Mushore to open all clinics, according to the Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA).
On the 7th of October 2020 Justice Mushore ordered Council to open all its forty- two council polyclinics within seven days.
The seven days have since lapsed and Council is yet to follow the order.
Acting Health Director, Doctor Masunda, had this to say, “As council we still have only eight clinics which are operational and we being affected by industrial action by council nurses and some of them are resigning”
A snap survey done by the CHRA Information Department indicates that Mbare Matapi, Mbare Hostels, Marlborough, Warren Park and Sunningdale clinics are completely closed.
“A few namely Tafara, Mabvuku, Mufakose and Highfields and Dzivarasekwa clinics are open but not operational”.
“The council clinic gates are opening but there is no one to attend to patients, we are stuck and we do not know where to go to access medication”, said CHRA Welfare Chairperson Ms. Fatima Madamombe in Dzivarasekwa.
CHRA has since condemned the excuses given by Harare City Council alleging it is its duty to motivate its employees and provide them with a satisfactory remuneration.