Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa has said the new Premier Service Medical Aid Society board should quickly bring back normalcy to the troubled health insurer for the benefit of its membership. In a telephone interview after meeting the society’s new board chairperson Mr Jeremiah Bvirindi and some of his board members in Harare yesterday, Dr Parirenyatwa said the new board should work towards satisfying its membership’s needs as well as service providers.
“My emphasis was on sanity to prevail. We are now interested in progress towards stabilisation of their day to day activities with service providers getting what they deserve while members also get a service,” Dr Parirenyatwa said. Asked on the purpose of the meeting, Dr Parirenyatwa said it was meant to put faces to names of the new board members.
“We had not met them since they were elected and our meeting was really to put a face to the new board,” he said. Dr Parirenyatwa’s meeting with the board came barely three days after the new board sent its managing director Mr Henry Mandishona on forced leave pending investigations.
Mr Mandishona who took office on May 1 this year, is accused of withholding information required by the board for total transformation of the society. His loyalists, however, argue that he was being victimised for closing doors to corruption through his strategies, which some senior management at the society were benefiting from.
Asked to comment on these latest developments at PSMAS, Dr Parirenyatwa said his Ministry was leaving everything to the board. “We are leaving everything to the board, but we hope whatever they are doing will quickly bring normalcy to the society,” he said.