In Zimbabwe, hospitals battle with Mugabe’s legacy

In Zimbabwe, hospitals battle with Mugabe’s legacy 1

For Zimbabwe’s doctors, few institutions reflect their country’s decay under Robert Mugabe than their public hospitals, once vaunted but now under-equipped and crumbling. Lack of supplies and short-staffing have hit most Zimbabwe hospitals as the country struggles with economic crisis Latex gloves serve as urine bags, operating rooms lack light bulbs and patients are often required to refuel their own ambulances, medics say. Mugabe, who died last week in Singapore at age 95, may have swept to power as a liberation hero, but his rule was marked by economic collapse…

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Govt bans doctors, nurses’ strikes

Govt bans doctors, nurses’ strikes 2

Cabinet has approved a proposed law to effectively ban all forms of industrial action by workers in the health sector after classifying them as an essential service, together with the police and military. File picture of doctors on strike in Zimbabwe This came as doctors at major public hospitals downed tools yesterday after rejecting a 60% pay rise offered by their employer, saying it was a “pittance”. The latest strike, the fourth since President Emmerson Mnangagwa came into office nearly 18 months ago, has crippled most hospital operations, with skeletal…

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Senior doctors down tools

Senior doctors down tools 3

By Pauline Hurungudo Senior doctors have partially downed tools saying they will be only dealing with emergencies until government addresses the dire situation in the country’s public hospitals. Senior doctors on strike at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare, 13 March 2019 The doctors are protesting the severe shortages of pharmaceutical drugs and equipment at public hospitals. In a letter addressed to the Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals Group CEO from the Consultants of Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals (senior doctors), the medical practitioners said State hospitals were also grappling with lack of proper…

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