Zimbabwe’s doctors’ strike reaches 100 days mark

Source: Zimbabwe’s doctors’ strike reaches 100 days mark – EyeWitness News

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government appeared hopeful that after 100 days, the doctors’ strike may finally be drawing to a close.

FILE: Zimbabwean doctors participate in a strike over for better wages. Picture: @ZHDAofficial/Twitter

FILE: Zimbabwean doctors participate in a strike over for better wages. Picture: @ZHDAofficial/Twitter

HARARE – Wednesday marked a hundred days since doctors in Zimbabwe went on strike.

The industrial action, which began on 3 September, affected most major hospitals.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government appeared hopeful that after 100 days, the doctors’ strike may finally be drawing to a close.

The Health Services Board said at least 80 doctors applied to return to work after an offer of financial support was made by the Higher Life Foundation, a charity run by billionaire Strive Masiyiwa. But, that figure was still only a fraction of the 1,600 doctors in government service.

Most of them had joined the strike.

The Hospital Doctors Association’s Masimba Ndoro told **Eyewitness News **the problems of low government wages, and lack of medicine and equipment in hospitals still hadn’t been addressed.

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