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Zimbabwe’s doctors’ strike reaches 100 days mark

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government appeared hopeful that after 100 days, the doctors’ strike may finally be drawing to a close.

FILE: Zimbabwean doctors participate in a strike over for better wages. Picture: @ZHDAofficial/Twitter

HARARE - Wednesday marked a hundred days since doctors in Zimbabwe went on strike.

The industrial action, which began on 3 September, affected most major hospitals.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government appeared hopeful that after 100 days, the doctors’ strike may finally be drawing to a close.

The Health Services Board said at least 80 doctors applied to return to work after an offer of financial support was made by the Higher Life Foundation, a charity run by billionaire Strive Masiyiwa. But, that figure was still only a fraction of the 1,600 doctors in government service.

Most of them had joined the strike.

The Hospital Doctors Association’s Masimba Ndoro told Eyewitness News the problems of low government wages, and lack of medicine and equipment in hospitals still hadn't been addressed.