Mnangagwa must bring doctors` strike to an end: Churches

The Zimbabwe Christian Alliance has made an impassioned plea to President Emmerson Mnangagwa to intervene in the ongoing doctors` strike and usher a new era to the country`s health sector.

The medical doctors have been on strike since the beginning of March demanding a review of their on-call allowances, the lifting of a job freeze by government and provision of medicine and equipment at state health institutions.

Hospitals have been turning away people as doctors continue to press on with their job action with no solution in sight.

“The Zimbabwe Christian Alliance is concerned about the deadly impasse between the government and the medical doctors on their strike,” said the organisation`s director Reverend Useni Sibanda.

“The strike by the doctors is a cry for a permanent solution to address the decaying health sector infrastructure and services”.

Rev Sibanda noted that the new administration which has set itself on rebuilding the country which suffered from decades of maladministration should prioritise the health sector and resolve the impasse with the medical doctors.

“This strike presents a golden opportunity for the new administration to prove to the Zimbabwean population that it is serious about the transformation of the country and meeting the needs of ordinary citizens.

“Government should see this strike not as a crisis but an opportunity to start the process of transformation of the health sector to be on the same level with what is being offered by other SADC countries who improved their services to international level,” said Rev Sibanda.

According to reports, the government will soon deploy medical doctors from the Zimbabwe National Army to assist at major government hospitals

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