Harare City Health Director Dr Prosper Chonzi said that the Edith Opperman Maternity Clinic in Mbare is set to re-open soon, possibly as early as this Wednesday.
Dr Chonzi revealed this after visiting both Edith Opperman Polyclinic and Ms Zinyoro (a traditional midwife who has been helping pregnant women deliver at her home) at Tagarika Flats on Monday. He said:
This is why we are here with our partners to make sure that Edith Opperman is functional. We will make sure that it resumes operations, if not today, maybe tomorrow.
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We have to make sure that we look for extra resources elsewhere just to make sure that these critical areas are covered while negotiations with council continue.
Nurses at Edith Opperman withdrew their labour about a fortnight ago citing incapacitation resulting in the closure of the clinic.
Statistics from the clinic show that an average of 30 deliveries was being handled per day before nurses went on strike.