A report by Mutare City Council has indicated that health workers are facing stigmatisation and eviction from rented accommodation by their landlords who are fearful of contracting the novel coronavirus.
A situation report released this week by the Council narrates the grim picture faced by health workers who are at the forefront of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
The report said there has been a recent rise in the eviction of health workers particularly in the high-density suburb of Sakubva and some were complaining of failing to report for duty after they were thrown out of their lodgings.
The report lamented health care worker fatigue and burnouts as they are forced to work round the clock with lack of psycho-social support and allowances.
Manicaland Province as a whole has 281 cumulative coronavirus cases, 9 deaths and 93 recoveries. All the 9 deaths are from Mutare, with the city having recorded 100 confirmed cases and 27 recoveries.
The Council recommended that companies scale-down on staff members reporting for duty with the introduction of e-working, the continuation of the 6 PM to 6 AM curfew and the continued closure of social public areas.