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More Health Care Workers At Harare State Hospitals Threaten To Strike

All healthcare staff from Harare's two main referral hospitals, Parirenyatwa and Harare Hospitals, have threatened to join their junior and senior counterparts, and down their tool on Saturday, unless the government increases their salaries.

The healthcare staff reached this decision following a meeting at the two hospitals, Friday afternoon.

The move comes one day after junior and senior residents from Harare state hospitals went on strike, demanding that the government pay them $Z70 million a month, and US$3,000 for car loans.

Meanwhile, some junior and senior residents at government hospitals in Bulawayo, also went on strike Friday, while the remaining 50 percent have decided to stay on their jobs to complete their housemanship.

Health secretary Henry madzorere of the Movement for Democratic change led by Morgan Tsvangirai, told reporter Carole Gombakomba of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe, that the junior doctors were justified in demanding high salaries, which he believed are in line with the rate of the country's more than 3,700 percent inflation.

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