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ZIMBABWE'S NURSES STRIKE OVER LACK OF CORONAVIRUS PROTECTIVE GEAR.
Zimbabwe's nurses strike over lack of coronavirus protective gear.
26 March 2020 | 14:29

Thousands of hospital nurses in Zimbabwe went on strike on Wednesday, over lack of protective gear and water shortages, days after the country reported its first coronavirus cases.

Zimbabwe has recorded three cases in less than a week, and one of the patients is a 30-year-old broadcaster, who died on Monday.

The southern African country's public health system has been suffering for many years, from lack of equipment and medicines, and there are fears it will struggle to cope with the outbreak.

In a notice to the government, the nurses are demanding personal protective equipment water, and coronavirus risk allowances.

Zimbabwe Nurses Association president Enock Dongo, said they attend to so many people, some of whom could be infected, so their chances of catching the disease are very high.

He accused the government of "showing lack of concern", and said healthcare workers have not been informed about the disease, which has killed more than 19 200 people, and infected 427 940 people in 181 countries.


The government has claimed for weeks that it is prepared for the pandemic.



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