Pressure mounts as Zim doctors' strike continues

Some patients are reportedly dying due to a lack of attention received at major government hospitals.

FILE: The striking doctors have now been joined by their senior colleagues. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

HARARE - As the Zimbabwe doctors' strike enters its 11th day, some patients are reportedly dying due to a lack of attention received at major government hospitals.

In a move that's likely to pile pressure on President Robert Mugabe's government, the striking doctors have now been joined by their senior colleagues.

Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association spokesperson Francis Rwodzi says people are dying in the country's hospitals due to a lack of attention.

He says wards are empty and patients are being turned away at major hospitals in Harare and Bulawayo.

Senior and middle-level doctors had until now bore the brunt of the workload since their junior colleagues went on strike over low wages on 27October.

The junior doctors want their on-call allowances to be increased from 35 cents to 10 US dollars per hour, as well as the reinstatement of a risk allowance.

Rwodzi says the government has agreed to their demands but has given them no written commitment and until they do, the doctors will continue to strike.

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