Zimbabwe’s Hospitals Turn Away Patients As Doctors Strike Continues

Posted on September 19, 2019 11:05 pm

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Government hospitals in Zimbabwe have started turning away patients as a strike by doctors and nurses drags on. Negotiations have been held up by the disappearance of the strike leader, Peter Gabriel Magombeyi, whom fellow health workers believe was arrested or abducted by security forces.

For much of Thursday, the entrance to Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare, Zimbabwe’s biggest hospital, was turned into a place to protest and to address journalists. No patients were being treated at the facility.

Susan Tembo, a cervical cancer patient, hopes treatments resume soon at at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare, Sept. 19, 2019. (C. Mavhunga/VOA)

Fifty-three-year-old Susan