Junior doctors in Zimbabwe have threatened to join the nurses’ initiated industrial action to compel the government to review their salaries and working conditions.
Nurses across the country embarked on the protests last week Thursday demanding salaries in United States dollars and police have arrested some of the protestors at Victoria Chitepo in Mutare, Manicaland province.
The health caregivers are rejecting the government’s 50 percent salary increment and US$75 allowances offer saying it is inconsequential given the inflationary nature of the economy.
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An anonymous junior doctor who is also an official in the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association which represents junior and middle-level doctors spoke to NewsDay and said:
We struggle to get fuel when we are on call. Many stations are selling in US dollars, so we are now incapacitated.
The reports are worrying considering that the country is in the midst of a war against the coronavirus pandemic and also considering that health caregivers last year embarked on a months-long industrial action that threatened the total collapse of the public health sector in the country.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health and Child Care has approached the Zimbabwe National Army asking for health personnel to work in public health institutions instead of striking workers.