Patients in Zimbabwe have appealed to striking doctors to return to work saying that the situation was no longer bearable.
Health caregivers in public health institutions have been on industrial action since the 3rd of September this year and have vowed to continue for as long their grievances are not met.
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They have rejected a number of offers by the government saying that they were insignificant in this inflationary economy.
Recently, they turned down a government 48-hour moratorium which allowed fired doctors to return to work without reapplying for admission.
Patients have been turning to alternatives including less expensive mission hospitals, which are already overwhelmed, expensive private hospitals whilst some engaged traditional medical caregivers.
Speaking to The Herald at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals recently, one patient only identified as Mr Tawanda Goche from Harare said:
There is definitely need for doctors to resume work because people are going to die, especially those involved in accidents.
If we had enough funds, we would go to private hospitals, but the situation is bad. We need our doctors back at work so that lives are saved.
Doctors are demanding a “sustainable” remuneration and improved working conditions. Many patients have since September been dying from curable conditions as there were no health caregivers to attend to them.
More: The Herald