Zimbabweans Bear Brunt of Deepening Public Health Crisis

Years of neglect and doctors' strikes have pushed the Zimbabwean health system to the brink. Senior doctors have now gone on strike, joining junior doctors and nurses who walked out in June 2020 over poor pay and lack of personal protective clothing to prevent Covid-19 infections. The doctors announced their strike after the government rejected their demands to be paid salaries in foreign currency to cushion them from a sharp loss of value by the Zimbabwe dollar. President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government is also under pressure to deal with a high-level of corruption, which is blamed for worsening economic problems. As of Aug. 24, the country had reported 5,930 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 155 related deaths.

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While others were being discharged, other patients were coming in but to neither doctors nor nurses.

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