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Zimbabwe Nurses End Boycott of Night Shifts

FILE - Cholera patients drink treated water inside an admission ward at Budiriro Polyclinic in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Health Services Board chairman, Lovemore Mbengeranwa, says some nurses who boycotted night shifts in Zimbabwe demanding increased allowances are now back at work.

In an interview on the sidelines of a one-day Scientific Day convened in the country by Medicins Sans Frontiers also known as Doctors Without Borders, Mbengeranwa said, without elaboration, the government has managed to set aside funds for nurses’ allowances.

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The nurses downed tools a week ago saying the three dollars they were getting after working for seven days was a mockery to their profession. They indicated that they initially demanded to be paid by government 150 dollars per 7-day night shift but later settled for 70 dollars.

Representatives of the Zimbabwe Nurses Association were not readily available for comment.

Mbengeranwa further dismissed reports that some top health officials abused funds set aside for paying these allowances.

Meanwhile, health experts told the one-day Scientific Day that medical practitioners are still struggling to find better ways of treating cancer, AIDS, Tuberculoisis, Ebola and other diseases.