As Cholera Rages, Zimbabwe Hospital Staff Reject Hard-Currency Offer

cholera_victim.jpgCholera Patients Struggling along with international partners to containa burgeoning cholera epidemic, the Zimbabwean governmentlate this week offered hard currency wages to striking doctors, nurses and hospital staff who promptly rejected the proposa

Meanwhile a major new cholera outbreak was reported in Chegutu,
Mashonaland West province, where sources said 60 people have died in
the past four days.

Correspondent Sylvia Manika of VOA’s Studio 7 for Zimbabwe reported
from Harare that the resident doctors and nurses spurned monthly rates
of US$200 and US$60, respectively.

The World Health Organization meanwhile said the death toll from
cholera in Zimbabwe had reached 792 with more than 17,000 cases
reported across the country.

Medecins Sans Frontières, or Doctors Without Borders, called the
epidemic "unprecedented" in scale and warned it could continue for
months- this following controversial comments by President Robert
Mugabe who said the epidemic had been brought under control.

The U.S. government said it is more than doubling emergency its
emergency medical aid to the country, adding US$6.2 million to the
US$4.6 million already provided.

By Sylvia Manika, Joe De Capua & David Gollust

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