Dr. Magwende sacked after Masebo combative meeting with Doctors
Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary – PS administration Dr. George Magwende has been sacked by President Hakainde Hichilema – HH with no reasons officially given.
According to statement by President HH Spokeperson Anthony Bwalya availed to the Zambian Business Times – ZBT, President Hichilema has sacked Dr. Magwende with immediate effect.
But sources who attended the Zambia Medical Association – ZMA conference in Livingstone which just ended this weekend have revealed that Minister of Health Sylvia Masebo had a combative meeting with medical doctors at the conference.
“We had a session were the minister of health was basically lambasting doctors”, a situation which did not go well with most of the doctors and members of ZMA that were in attendance.
The source told ZBT that the meeting did not go well as Masebo had a very difficult meeting with Doctors and this may have led to the PS being seen in bad light. Masebo may have influenced the decision to have Dr. Magwende fired by HH.
The Ministry of Health is also battling the issue of availability of drugs, medicines and basic medical equipment for day to day operations. This has become a sensitive issue as the problem does not seem to be resolved despite assurances that have been made.
Efforts to get a comment from both the minister of Health Sylvia Masebo and Dr. Magwende proved futile by press time.
Photo below is Health Minister Sylvia Masebo with Dr. George Magwende at the Medical Association Comference and AGM in Livingstone
– Zambian Business Times