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No Solution in Sight for Zimbabwe Doctors' Strike

FILE: Fistula surgeon Dr. Ambaye Wolde Michael

The strike by the 400-member Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors’ Association entered its third day Wednesday with no solution in sight.

The junior and middle level doctors in government hospitals are demanding a review of their salaries and better working conditions.

Ministry of Health permanent secretary Retired Brigadier General Dr. Gerald Gwinji says the government is considering deploying doctors from the army, air force and police should the situation continue to deteriorate.

Efforts to get a comment from Health Minister Dr. David Parirenyatwa following his appeal Tuesday, urging the doctors to remain to work, were futile.

But Hospital Doctors’ Association president, Fortune Nyamande, said negotiations are continuing.