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Patients Turned Away Amid Efforts to End Zimbabwe Doctors Strike

The four major hospitals in Harare and Bulawayo were reported Wednesday to have been have been turning away patients as a seven-day strike by interns threatened to go into its second week. The junior doctors, as they are called in Zimbabwe hospitals, vowed to stay on strike until authorities addressed their grievances.

The Hospital and Doctors Association is demanding increased pay, improved working conditions and the quashing of proposed obligatory service in rural areas.

Consultants to the government met with Permanent Secretary of Health and Child Welfare Edward Mabhiza on Wednesday to discuss how to resolve the standoff.

Carole Gombakomba sought the view of the Zimbabwean government from Dr. David Parirenyatwa, the Minister of Health and Child Welfare.

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