- Published on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 01:59
- Written by ROSE ATHUMANI
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THE High Court (Labour Division) has issued a warning to the Medical Association of Tanzania (MAT) ordering it to comply with a court order issued last week, declaring the doctors' strike illegal.
The Court's warning, which was released to the media on Tuesday, directed the MAT president to use the media outlets to announce that they will obey the order. Earlier, the Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Dr Hussein Mwinyi, told the 'Daily News' that the government is waiting to see what steps the High Court will take against the doctors who have defied the court's order.
Dr Mwinyi said that already the Attorney General and other government legal bodies were following up the matter. "We are now waiting to see what steps the High Court will take against defiant doctors. We already have our legal experts following up the matter," he explained shortly before the High Court released its directives.
A spot check around hospitals in Dar es Salaam revealed that the usual crowd that is normally present has dwindled at all district hospitals in the city, despite assurances of provision of health services. At Muhimbili National Hospital reception areas the normally huge crowd has thinned down as out-patients are being turned away and told to wait for the doctors' strike to end.
Only patients already admitted to the hospital and emergency cases are being attended to by few doctors present.
In a move seen as evading journalists' questions, the Assistance Information Officer at the MNH, Mr Jeza Waziri, referred journalists to his superior, whose office was locked.
MOI institution information Officer, Mr Juma Almasi, said the services provided in Private clinic and theatres have been cancelled following the doctors' strike. "Only those in wards and emergency cases are being attended, as well as clinic for children," he explained.
A few patients were found at the reception area contemplating what to do next after they were turned away on Tuesday.
Robert Mrope, a resident of Yombo Vituka, whose leg is being supported by pieces of steel, said he was scheduled to have them removed since 19th this month. "I had another appointment for them to be removed today, but I have been told to go home, until the strike is over," Mrope explained.