The Professor Welshman Ncube led MDC has called on Health and Child Care minister Dr David Parirenyatwa to quit saying he has failed in his mandate to develop the health sector which has been plagued crippling strikes.
Nurses at major public hospitals on Monday went on strike following government’s failure to pay and improve their working conditions.
This comes after doctors embarked on a three-week strike last month which collapsed the health delivery system.
The opposition party urged the government to act quickly to avert another health crisis.
“It is clear that there is a huge crisis in the health sector that needs to be acted on as a matter of urgency. We are then surprised when the health sector consistently appears to be the least of the government’s worries,” said Kurauone Chihwayi, the MDC National Spokesperson.
Chihwayi said the apparent failure on the part of the government to deal with the health crisis was a result of leadership problem.
“Our public health system has deteriorated at an alarming rate under the watch of career minister-David Parirenyatwa. Parirenyatwa has failed and should be man enough and call it quits,” charged Chihwayi.
“We appeal to Government to urgently and permanently address the needs of striking nurses in order to avoid further loss of lives”.
In a statement, Minister Parirenyatwa urged nurses to report for duty as the government was working on urgently attending to their grievances