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Zimbabwe plunges into health crisis, as nurses in council clinics strike

by Staff Reporter
04 Nov 2019 at 10:16hrs | Views
Zimbabwe's health sector is headed for collapse after nurses from council run clinics embarked on a strike that is expected to spread country wide.

On Monday, the nurses did not report for work saying they could no longer afford to present themselves for duty owing to poor salaries.

Harare Mayor Herbert Gomba was not available for comment but Harare City Council director of health Prosper Chonzi confirmed the strike.

The strike by nurses adds to mounting woes in the health sector with doctors having gone for the past days away from work in anothrer strike over salaries.

MDC Alliance deputy president Tendai Biti said the health situation is getting close to genocide.

"Its 65 days of the doctors strike. Most public hospitals are basically shut down with the load shedding borne by nurses and local authority clinics. Ironically the regime fired 85 doctors last week and boasted about it. The situation is terrible and by any definition it is genocide," Biti said.

Last week, deputy information minister Energy Mutodi said fired doctors will not be given back their jobs.

" Striking doctors can be rest assured that once dismissed there will be no re-hiring. No one is above the law no-matter the profession and if the court says go back to work you must comply. Government will also blacklist the money mongering doctors so they are not employable elsewhere," he said.

Source - Byo24News