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Striking Zimbabwe Doctors Set Talks Thursday With Government

Junior doctors in the seventh day of a strike that has severely affected state hospitals in Harare, the capital, and Bulawayo, the second city, said they will meet Thursday with government officials to listen to their proposals for increased salaries.

The country’s four main referral hospitals are only accepting emergency cases. The doctors are demanding an increase in salary to $5 million a month from $56,000 a month now, which puts them under the official poverty line.

Zimbabwe Medical Doctors Association President Kudakwashe Nyamutukwa told reporter Chris Gande of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that if the junior doctors are not happy with what Harare offers them, they will continue their strike.

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