‘We inherited former minister Parirenyatwa’s debt’

Health and Child Care Obadiah Moyo says government is still paying millions of dollars for a botched deal ostensibly done under the administration of former minister David Parirenyatwa.

 Addressing senior doctors in a no holds barred meeting at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals on Wednesday, Moyo said government paid US$100 million for medicines and equipment, some of which has still not been delivered to this day.

 The senior doctors were protesting inadequate supply of consumables and equipment which had left the lives of patients at risk.

 “We don’t want to repeat of the same situation as what occurred on the Chinese Protocol (deal) where $100 million was used to purchase wrong items and up to now we are still paying for the items which are of nonexistent and some have become obsolete. Some of the products still have not been delivered but we are still paying for them,” Moyo said.

He spoke as senior doctors complained over administrations loopholes at the country’s public hospitals where the hospitals’ management was buying questionable machinery and equipment.

 The doctors said there was no consultation process raising questions around the possibility of underhand benefits for the procurer.

 Moyo responded saying “the end user has to be involved in the purchasing of anything hence the need for consultation with end users”

 “…If we have to change management we will do it and I will not waste time,” Moyo said.

 “We do not want to sleep on the job, we have to perform and performance appraisal must be done as quickly as possible…Yes we can say we have sanctions and shortage of foreign currency but we have to be innovative and overcome those sanctions.

Meanwhile, Moyo said government had secured US$1 million for the procurement of essential medicines and equipment needed in public hospitals.