By Carlton Makoni
Harare (New- Ziana) – The Harare City Council on Wednesday said it had re- opened all clinics it had closed at the height of Covid-19 pandemic due to staff shortages.
Last year, the local authority shut down nine clinics as staff shortages worsened.
Three clinics, namely, Southerton, Matapi and Highlands were completely shut down while Mt Pleasant, Borrowdale, Avondale, Braeside, Glen Norah and Highlands were only offering Covid-19 vaccination services.
In a statement, the council said it had hired new staff to fill the vacancies.
“Council has re-opened all clinics closed at the height of Covid-19 pandemic due to staff shortages.
“Locum nurses have been engaged while nurses who had been deployed to hospitals to attend to Covid cases have been re-deployed to their work stations,” it said.
The council has said it requires 1000 nurses but had been operating with less than half the establishment.
“Efforts now underway to incentivise the health personnel so that the city health system remains standing,” council said.