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15 oct. 2019 | 10h16 UTC

Zimbabwe: Doctors’ strike continues October 14 /update 5

Zimbabwe Alerte de sécurité

Doctors’ strike continues for the 43rd consecutive day October 14; avoid all related demonstrations

TIMEFRAME expected from 15/10/2019, 12h00 until 22/10/2019, 11h59 (Africa/Harare). COUNTRY/REGION Harare, Zimbabwe

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Event

On Monday, October 14, doctors stated they would continue their indefinite strike, ongoing since September 3, despite a government order directing them to resume work. The government offered a pay rise, however it failed to meet their expectations.

Further 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.

Context

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.

Advice

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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