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Why Zimbabwean Nurses Are On Strike

A great number of nurses in state hospitals in Zimbabwe have gone on strike over an absence of bonus payment, adding to an already critical situation at the inadequately resourced hospitals.

According to Enoch Dongo, the secretary general of the Zimbabwe Nurses Association, nurses will only return to work when they get a firm commitment that their bonuses will be paid.

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Nurses and other government workers have yet to be paid a traditional annual bonus. The financially struggling government has proposed offsetting the 2016 bonus payments with land offers.

Dongo, however, says nurses want the bonuses in cash, not land.

State hospital doctors have been on strike since February 15, forcing the government to send in army and police doctors to care for patients.

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Written by How Africa

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