Doctorsí Strike Throws Wrench in Health System of Zimbabwe
January 30, 2007
A doctors' strike in its fifth week has all but paralyzed public health care in Zimbabwe, where inflation is running at 1,200 percent. At Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare, seven army doctors are trying to do the work usually done by more than 120 physicians. Junior doctors, whose monthly earnings are less than $50 at black-market exchange rates, walked out on Dec. 21 demanding a salary increase of more than 8,000 percent. Senior doctors and most nurses have since joined the strike. Even before the walkout, Zimbabwe's health care system was struggling under drug shortages. According to the official news media, more than 70 percent of hospital admissions in the nation result from HIV/AIDS.
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