Zimbabwe’s public doctors and nurses have requested a $10 000 risk allowance per month for them to return to work as the number of people affected with COVID-19 has increased to five.
The Health Apex Council confirmed the need for a risk allowance and provision of the provision of protective personal equipment (PPE) after a Health Services Bipartite Negotiating Platform held in Harare on Thursday, where they insisted they were not on strike. The health workers said in a statement:
We are not on industrial action. However, we do not encourage health workers to attend work without PPE.
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Therefore, we propose that only health workers who can be provided PPE by the MoHCC (Ministry of Health and Child Care) should report for work at their stations since the hospitals are high-risk areas on a rotational basis.
The health workers proposed a flat $10 000 per month as risk allowance for those at work.
On Wednesday nurses and doctors withdrew their labour demanding a risk allowance and PPEs.
Meanwhile, a subsidiary of Cassava Smartech, Ecosure has offered doctors and nurses with protective personal equipment (PPE), life and health insurance and safe transport to and from work daily, for the coming 12 months among other incentives.