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Zimbabwe Junior Hospital Residents Strike Again, Seek Transport Deal

Junior doctors in Zimbabwean state hospitals in Harare and Bulawayo have gone on strike again demanding higher allowances for cars and public transport.

Medical sources said nurses at the four main state hospitals in the two cities are also showing up for work irregularly due to the soaring cost of transport.

Hospital Doctors Association President Amon Siveregi told reporter Carole Gombakomba of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the doctors are dissatisfied over a disproportionate allocation of car allowances to senior consulting physicians.

Junior doctors meanwhile must travel to work using expensive public transport.

Siveregi declined to state what junior doctors earn, but sources told VOA they make Z$700 million (US$20) to Z$900 million (Z$25) a month.

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