Health and Child Care David Parirenyatwa on Thursday vowed to take ‘drastic’ action against those implicated in alleged corrupt activities at Bulawayo’s Mpilo Central Hospital.
BY NQOBILE BHEBHE
Parirenyatwa told journalists after a tour of the hospital that he will have acted on an audit report that uncovered alleged underhand dealings at the referral hospital by Thursday next week.
An audit by Bulawayo firm – PNA- revealed that some senior staff at the hospital manipulated tenders.
The minister toured the hospital with Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko before holding a marathon meeting with board members and senior staff.
“I have come here because of various issues that have been alleged to have happened and there are terrible things,” Parirenyatwa said.
“I am looking at the good name of this hospital and welfare of the people of Matabeleland
“I will address the allegations very vigorously and I am going to take very tough actions because they are necessary.
“This hospital must improve and if the impediments in this hospital are caused by anybody I must address that.
He said his next step would be guided by the audit, which gave recommendations.
“I know it has taken sometime but still we have been meticulous in our analysis,” Parirenyatwa said.
“The board has made an audit through a reputable audit firm and came up with recommendations, which have helped me to make up my mind on what direction to follow.
“But we are going to do it procedurally and well and by Thursday (next week) you will get all the results about what we have decided.”
Mpilo caters for Matabeleland, Midlands and Masvingo.
The hospital, like many government institutions, has been operating without adequate resources for some time.
Lately the institution has suffered from bad publicity, which the chief executive officer Lawrence Mantiziba, has blamed on people he says are pushing an agenda against him.