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Medical Staff Strike Has Spillover Effect On Zimbabwe AIDS Programs

A strike by junior and senior hospital residents and nurses in Zimbabwe has had ripple effects on treatment of those living with HIV/AIDS, those fighting the disease say.

The strike by residents and some nurses has not directly affected HIV/AIDS clinics. A source at the clinic attached to Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare, where residents have been on strike for nearly six weeks, said doctors at the AIDS clinic are still working.

But Lynde Francis, executive director of The Center, an HIV/AIDS treatment and care facility in the capital, said some clinics have been affected with the result that her own organization has seen a sharp increase in patients seeking alternative care.

Francis told reporter Ndimyake Mwakalyelye of VOA's Studio 7 For Zimbabwe that she sympathized with the plight of the striking health workers, but warned that the labor dispute is now having a severe impact on many of those needing treatment.

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