Zimra seizes doctors’ training equipment

THE Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) has seized equipment meant for training of Mpilo Central Hospital doctors over non-payment of duty.
Specialist renal medical practitioners from the Belgium-headquartered International Society of Nephrology are training Mpilo doctors and nurses on how to perform and interpret kidney biopsy, dialysis and various other renal treatments.
Addressing the media yesterday afternoon, the head of the delegation Nitin Kolhe said among the seized training materials is a portable ultra sound machine, peritoneal dialysis catheters, renal biopsy, needles, sutures, suturing tray, and sterile packs.
He said the seized machines were supposed to be used in yesterday’s (Monday) afternoon training session.
“We needed the equipment for the afternoon session but we do not have the machinery to teach with. We were told the equipment will only be released upon payment of a deposit of £3 000 for duty. We cannot do effective training without the equipment… This is very frustrating,” Kolhe said.
Mpilo Central Hospital Chief executive officer Leonard Mabhandi said the hospital has since engaged Zimra to facilitate the urgent release of the machinery.
“The team was not aware that the equipment was supposed to be cleared by customs. When we were checking the items they were bringing with them last Friday, it came to light that the equipment needed to be cleared  and that  was very late hence the delays.
“We are processing the duty free certificates right now. I am working on it and am sure if the equipment is not released this afternoon (yesterday), it would be cleared by tomorrow morning (today),”said Mabhandi.
The training began yesterday and will conclude on Friday.

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