Coronavirus: Zimbabwean Doctors, Nurses Begin Strike Over Lack Of Equipments

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Doctors and Nurses in have gone on strike over unavailability of equipments to help in treating Patients.

Thousand of nurses had earlier left their wards last week over lack of protective gear and water shortages.

We have made a call for safety, to say whilst we are sorting out some things, for now let’s… withdraw our services temporarily,” Tapiwa Mungofa, treasurer of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA), told reporters in Harare.

He said most of the doctors across the country’s government hospitals were not at work.

Some 15,000 hospital nurses downed tools on Wednesday over a lack of protective gear and water shortages.

The health workers walkout, “locked up” Harare Central Hospital, one of the country’s main referral hospitals for the poor and the working class.

“The nurses decided to go and stay safe at home,” Mungofa said.

The southern African country’s public health system has been in a state of near-collapse for years, but the lack of drugs and equipment has pushed the system to the brink during the coronavirus spread.

The government-owned daily, The Herald, on Thursday reported Zimbabwe had taken delivery of its share of personal protective equipment donated by Chinese billionaire Jack Ma.

Mungofa said doctors will resume duty “as soon as our safety as health care workers is guaranteed, we are ready to serve the Zimbabwean population, we are ready to fight this coronavirus”.

Zimbabwe has recorded three infections and one death, since reporting its first case last Friday.

A 30-year-old broadcaster died on Monday, less than two days after he tested positive for .

His family said the isolation facility where he died had neither the drugs nor a ventilator needed to treat his condition.

Adelowo Adegboyega
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