Kudzai Chikowore
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24 Jun 2022
06:00

Letters | Zimbabwe hospitals near standstill

Kudzai Chikowore

Striking nurses and other health workers have brought Zimbabwe’s government hospitals to a near standstill.

LETTER:


Striking nurses and other health workers have brought Zimbabwe’s government hospitals to a near standstill.

It’s painful that patients die in Zimbabwean hospitals run by the heartless government which refuses to pay better wages for nurses and other health workers. The health system is now plagued by a lack of medicines and basic supplies such as gloves.

Health workers in Zimbabwe want to be paid in United States dollars because salaries in local currency are being eroded by inflation.

Health workers in Zimbabwe want to be paid in United States dollars because salaries in local currency are being eroded by inflation.
Kudzai Chikowore

Most health workers are taking home less than $200 a month. It is not very impressive for a rich country like Zimbabwe with its various minerals. The hunger has prevented nurses from working and health workers walk to work because they can’t afford bus fare. Everything is benchmarked in U.S. dollars except health workers’ salaries. People will die because the strike is taking place at hospitals across the country. Zimbabwe is returning to 2008’s hyperinflation of 500 billion percent.

KUDZAI CHIKOWORE

London

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