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Doctors strike over pay and poor conditions in Zimbabwe's hospitals

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President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government faces a doctors' strike at the same time as anger of rising fuel prices. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Doctors at state-run hospitals in Zimbabwe have gone on strike over low pay and poor working conditions. The strike comes at a time of rising prices and fuel shortages.


Staff at several hospitals throughout the country began a go-slow over the weekend and the action escalated on Monday.

"On social media, there's been some public sympathy towards the doctors and their plight," said RFI correspondent Ryan Truscott. "They're having to do their work without decent equipment or drugs to treat their patients.

"Doctors, like other Zimbabweans, are having to queue for fuel for hours on end to get to work and that's affecting their ability to report for duty."

 

Zimbabwe: Ryan Truscott 3 December 18 03/12/2018 Listen