Detention Of US Doctors Worries Ambassador

Ambassador Ray said he will monitor the situation before he assured the nation about his government’s commitment in providing HIV and AIDS support and care to the affected people. The doctors are HIV and AIDS specialists.

“We are keeping an eye at the situation. There is nothing we can do besides providing council assistance at the moment and waiting to see the outcome of the case. I cannot say much till we get a verdict of the courts,” he told Radio VOP in an exclusive interview  at Tose Respite Care Home in Harare on Saturday.

Ambassador Ray said his government was however, not going to withdraw HIV and AIDS support to Zimbabwe because of the sad incident.

“As you know we are running a number of HIV and AIDS support projects in the country. Some of which were being done by the arrested doctors,” he  added.

 Police on Thursday arrested the six doctors for allegedly operating an unlicensed clinic in Belvedere, Harare, and dispensing medicines without a pharmacist’s supervision.

The doctors, comprising five males and a female doctor, had been working in Zimbabwe for many years and were even given a farm to operate from in Mutoko at a place now known as Mother Faith Mission.

The doctors have been working in Zimbabwe for a long time now on HIV/AIDS projects and have a lot of patients most of whom are AIDS orphans. They are in police custody at Harare Central Police Station.

These doctors also operate an AIDS clinic in Hatfield Harare.

After their arrest, their legal representative on Friday queried why the police detained them without charging them.

“They were arrested yesterday (Thursday) and I am wondering why the police did not charge them and there is no complainant. The Ministry of Health officials even vouched for them. Their work in Zimbabwe is well known. I shall only be able to bring them to court after the mandatory 48 hours in custody that the police are allowed to keep suspects,” he said.