The Ministry of Health and Childcare on Tuesday roped in army doctors to man public hospitals following a strike by the regular doctors.
Health workers at public hospitals are on strike in protest over the disappearance of acting president of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA), a labour union representing medical doctors.
Dr Magombeyi was abducted by unknown assailants on Saturday night, prompting health workers to down tools to force the government to bring him back safe and sound.
Speaking during a post-cabinet media briefing in Harare, Health and Child Care Minister, Obadiah Moyo, said the government had made arrangements with the army to step in. He said:
In the meantime, we are more concerned about service provision and we have made arrangements with the army so that they can move in during this time.
The army is going to assist us and some other doctors have decided that they will continue providing service.
There is quite a sizeable number in every institution but not as much as we would have wanted it to be.