Health services in public hospitals including Muhimbili Othopaedic Institute (MOI) have started normalising as striking doctors resumed work.
A spot survey conducted yesterday by The Guardian at the hospitals, MOI and other public hospitals established that medical services were provided to a good number of people compared to the past week.
Doctors were present in all the departments and attended to patients.
For the first time, the MOI management allowed journalists to enter into wards to observe the real situation.
Addressing reporters, chairman of the MOI Board of Trustees, Charles Mutalemwa, revealed that all the 18 senior and 61 junior doctors working in different departments had resumed services since Monday.
“The Board of Trustees held an emergency meeting last Friday and advised doctors to resume work inorder to help patients while the government was working on their demands,” he noted.
He said the majority of doctors and specialists responded to the call and started to register themselves in their respective departments.
“We can now admit and discharge patients,” he said.
MOI managing director Prof Lawrence Museru said there have been few patients seeking medical treatment at the department during the past days.
He said the number of patients received at the emergency section dropped to 5 from between 30 and 35 a day during the entire strike period.
On the availability of working equipment, Prof Museru said efforts were taken by the management to ensure availability of all important equipments, citing the operating theatre, as having all the equipment to enable doctors conduct operations.
Prof Mseru revealed that the government is working on a plan to construct a seven storey building that will be equipped with all required equipment, including MRI & CT-Scan machines. He said the new structure will have a capacity to accommodate a large number of patients at once.
A press statement released yesterday by MNH public relation officer Aminiel Aligaesha, said that services at the hospital were improving compared to the previous days.
It said that services in major departments namely Nursing Services, Clinical Support Services, Theatre, Ophthalmology, Anaesthesia, Otorhinolaryngology, Dental Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, General Surgery, ICU, Pediatrics and Child Health, Psychiatry and Mental Health, OPD, Emergency Medicine, and Internal Medicine were provided.
Meanwhile, medical services at Amana and Mwananyamala referral hospitals had by yesterday returned to normal, though the flow of patients has decreased. Doctors at the two hospitals were attending to patients, with exception of a few interns who had joined the strike.
At Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) a few patients were observed in the wards and at the emergency unit.
In an announcement posted on MNH noticeboard, director of Public Services Makwaia Makani ordered all the interns who are not part of the strike and those who were on leave to resume duties.
According to the statement, only 41 intern doctors were serving in different departments.