Health caregivers have continued to resign from Harare City Council-run hospitals amid reports of fear for potential exposure to coronavirus and need to search for greener pastures.
Almost a fortnight ago, we reported that nurses were leaving Wilkins Hospital, a Harare health institution designated for infectious diseases, for other institutions offering better remuneration.
The Herald reports that last week alone, eight nurses resigned from the City Health Department. The publication says the reports were confirmed by the local government’s acting human resources manager Retired Major Matthew Marara. He reportedly said:
Between April 3 and 10, we lost six registered general nurses alongside one registered general nurse locum and one environmental health technician.
We are not sure if they resigned for fear of COVID-19 or they got better offers elsewhere.
Reports also suggest that Wilkins Hospital already had inadequate health caregivers forcing them to work overtime with minimal resources. Harare City Council also runs Beatrice Road Infectious Diseases Hospital (BRIDH).
This comes when the country is grappling with the deadly coronavirus pandemic and would require more health caregivers.
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