Bulawayo nurses on strike demanding Z$3.5million instead of Z$600 000 per month (08-06-07)

NURSES at the Roman Catholic run Mater Dei Hospital in Bulawayo have downed tools in protest over low wages-plunging the health sector into a crises.

The nurses at the Roman Catholic Run Mater Dei Hospital in Bulawayo downed tools this morning demanding

that their salaries be upped to about $3.5 million a month from $600 000.

Sister Maureen Jameson, the Mater Dei Hospital Administrator confirmed this morning nurses at the institution had gone on strike.

“The Hospital is looking at the grievances and we hope by this afternoon they would have resumed duties,” Jameson said.

But the nurses speaking on condition of anonymity indicated that they would not resume duties if their demands are not met.

Zimbabwe’s health sector has been one of the victims of the country’s unprecedented economic decline where inflation continues to break new ground and recently touched 3700%.

Health experts blame a serious shortage of foreign currency for the lack of resources and medicines that has plagued the health sector over years created by gross under-funding and mismanagement of the economy.

At the same time, medical practitioners have on numerous occasions’ downed stethoscopes in protest over bad working conditions and poor salaries while some have left the country for greener pastures- CAJ News.

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