Zimbabwe doctors on strike over pay and drug shortages

Doctors in Zimbabwe yesterday began a nationwide strike and would not return to work until the government meets their demands for better pay and working conditions. The action is the first major labour dispute under President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who replaced Robert Mugabe in November and whose biggest challenge is fixing Zimbabwe’s economy ruined by decades of severe mismanagement.

Spokesman for the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association said the main issue they have raised currently is that it does not make sense for them to continue working in hospitals that do not have any drugs or sufficient equipment. Health Minister, David Parirenyatwa said the government was resolving some of the grievances by the doctors and urged them to return to work, while waiting for the outcome of a meeting scheduled for Thursday.