Doctors, nurses down tools in COVID-19 crisis

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By CHENGETO CHIDI

ZIMBABWE face a serious health crisis after doctors and nurses withdrew their services demanding government provides them with protective clothing and running water in hospitals to ensure that they are protected as they respond to the corona novel virus (COVID 19) pandemic already recorded in Zimbabwe.
In a letter addressed to the Harare Hospital directors, Ministry of Health and Child Care and other responsible stakeholders
Zimbabwe Hospitals Doctors Association president Tawanda Zvakada said doctors would stay and home and shut down all hospitals until their demands are met.
“Whilst you continue to run around putting things in place we would like to make it clear in no uncertain terms that our members will not be able to continue carrying out their duties with immediate effect,” he said.
The letter follows a meeting held on March 23 between government and the doctors where the concerns of medical staff were tabled but government response was not forthcoming.
“We have expressed to you the issue of PPE which is still not yet available. The way in which the hospital is to be functioning still remains vurge. Any inconvenience caused regarding this position is sincerely regrettable but it was necessitated by a communication breakdown between the top management and frontline doctors,” Zvakada wrote.
ZHDA Treasurer Tapiwa Mungofa said despite social media reports by government, that they had testing kits and lots of protective clothing nothing had been delivered to them.
Nurses also delivered their own letter demanding protective clothing, running water and risk allowances as they face the deadly virus.
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