Zim doctors' strike enters second day

The strike has crippled operations at major hospitals in Harare and the second city of Bulawayo.

FILE: A strike by junior doctors has entered its second day and the timing couldn’t have been worse with the region on high alert over the West African Ebola outbreak. Picture: Supplied.

HARARe - A strike by junior doctors has entered its second day and the timing couldn't have been worse with the region on high alert over the West African Ebola outbreak.

The strike has crippled operations at major hospitals in Harare and the second city of Bulawayo.

Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association spokesperson Francis Rwodzi says the situation is dire.

He says only some senior doctors at Parirenyatwa and Harare Central hospitals have been attending to emergencies.

The junior doctors say they want their pay quadrupled, from around $290 a month, to $1,200 dollars and they also want risk allowances for dealing with viruses like Ebola.

Although there have been several scares, Zimbabwe still hasn't registered a single Ebola case.