Nurses at public hospitals have threatened to go on strike if their grievances are not resolved by Thursday (tomorrow). This would be devasting to the health sector as doctors have been on strike for the past two weeks. Speaking to NewsDay, Zimbabwe Nurses Association (Zina) secretary-general, Enock Dongo said,
We have communicated before to the HSB (Health Services Board) and the Health ministry but no action has been taken. So we are saying, if by Thursday, there has not been any move to settle our concerns, we will not report for duty.
We have been working without the required equipment. Imagine five wards sharing just one BP machine or a nurse running around to secure a sputum jug. How efficient do you think the nurses can be without tools of the trade.
…We are quite serious and if they think we are joking, they will be utterly surprised.