The Health Services Board (HSB) has confirmed a restructuring exercise that has seen five Chief Executive Officers of central hospitals being relieved of their duties.
The country’s five central hospitals namely: Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals, Sally Mugabe, formerly known as Harare Central Hospital, Chitungwiza Central, United Bulawayo Hospital, and Ingutsheni Hospital had their CEOs fired this Saturday in what the Health Services Board (HSB) says is a restructuring exercise.
HSB Chairperson, Dr. Paulinus Sikhosana confirmed that Clinical Directors are now Acting CEOs.
“Yes, I can confirm the latest development and changes within the ministry. It is part of a restructuring exercise within the ministry.
“Like in any organisation, the restructuring exercise is being carried out to improve operational efficiency, effectiveness, accountability as well as effective use of resources within the ministry. We want to keep the integrity of the organisation,” said Dr. Sikhosana.
United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) was headed by Mrs. Nonhlanhla Ndlovu, Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals by Mr. Ernest Manyawo, Sally Mugabe Hospital by Dr. Tinashe Dhobbie and Chitungwiza Central Hospital by Dr. Enock Mayida.
Mr. Leonard Mabhandi was the CEO at Ingutheni, while Mpilo hospital had no substantive CEO as Dr. Solwayo Ngwenya was acting.
Meanwhile, some directors from the Ministry of Health and Child Care have also been relieved of their duties but Dr. Sikhosana refused to name them.
“I cannot give the names of the directors who have been affected or of the people who replaced the CEOs,” he said.
He said the exercise is being carried out to improve efficiency in the health sector as the country is ramping up the fight against the spread of Covid-19, which has affected most countries across the globe.