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Zimbabwe Minister Appeals to Striking Doctors to Return to Work

Health Minister David Parirenyatwa

Zimbabwe’s health minister Dr. David Parirenyatwa on Tuesday appealed to doctors, who have downed tools in protest of poor pay and working conditions, to return to work as patients begin to feel the effects of the indefinite industrial action.

The doctors downed tools Monday demanding better salaries and working conditions.

Patients who spoke with VOA Studio 7 said government hospitals are only taking emergency cases. The patients also said service is slow.

Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors’ Association Bulawayo chapter president, Emmason Pazara, said that a lot of promises were made by the government Tuesday, adding they will consult their members on the way forward before taking a decision on whether to go back to work or not.