On Monday, October 7, doctors stated they would continue their indefinite strike ongoing since September 3, despite a government order ordering them to resume work.
Significant disruptions to medical services are to be anticipated across the country in the coming days and weeks. Related protests are possible amid a heightened security presence. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.
The doctors' strike was initiated to denounce their inability to provide adequate services because of low salaries, a lack of basic health materials in state hospitals, and the increasing cost of living. Doctors held protests in Harare throughout September. Disruptions to medical services were reported at several public health institutions across the country. Government officials announced the deployment of medical professionals from the uniformed forces to help tackle disruptions and ensure assistance to patients with critical conditions.
Individuals present in Zimbabwe, including in Harare, are advised to confirm doctor's appointments, to anticipate longer waiting times in medical facilities for the duration of the strike, and to avoid any potential protests.
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