‘No USD Salary, No Work,’ Nurses Dig-In Despite VP Chiwenga’s Appointment As Health Minister

ZIMBABWEAN nurses who downed tools 48 days ago have indicated that their position has not changed despite the recent appointment of retired army general and Vice President, Constantino Chiwenga as the new minister of health and child care. HealthTimes Reporter In a statement, the Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZINA) said they welcomed the appointment of Vice President Chiwenga as the new health minister but would only return to work after their demands have been met. Today marks 48 days since we withdrew our labour. As ZINA, we welcome the appointees to…

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‘No Amount Of Intimidation or Begging Will Force Us To End Strike’- Zim Nurses

THE Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZINA), has indicated that the nurses’ strike would continue until their demands are met despite continued threats and begging theatrics from political players. By Michael Gwarisa President Emerson Mnangawa recently pleaded with health workers to reconsider their actions and prioritise saving lives. However, the nurses have maintained that such a move would not work and they will never compromise. In a statement, the ZINA said their fight was labour motivated and no amount of political intimation would sway them. Today marks 46 days wince we withdrew…

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Bring It On, We Have Nothing More To Lose, Striking Nurses Tell Gvt After Arrest of Colleagues

THE Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) have arrested and detained  Harare Hospital nurses for allegedly planning to stage a demonstration against slave wages, a move that has sparked anger amongst nurses. By Michael Gwarisa In a statement, the Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZIMA) President, Enoch Dongo condemned the act and called on authorities to release the health workers immediately. Today, July 6, 2020, we have received information that nurses have been arrested at Harare Hospital. Indications are that the arrests were done allegedly for the purposes of avoiding a demonstration at Harare…

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Harare Hospital Striking Nurses Ignore Woman Experiencing Labor Pains, Baby Dies, Mother Walks From Car With Stillborn Hanging Between Her Legs

A Harare women recently lost her baby in a suspected case of negligence after Harare Central Hospital nurses ignored her call for emergency labour attention, HealthTimes can exclusively reveal. By Michael Gwarisa In a harrowing narration to this publication, the lady, Valerie Mashiri (37) said the nurses insisted her case was not an emergency and maintained she should instead get a scan and stop being a cry baby. On June 17, 2020, it was week 21 of my pregnancy, I woke up with slight cramps and since it was cold,…

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#BREAKING: Health Workers Down Tools… Reject US$75 COVID-19 Allowances

HEALTH workers across board have downed tools  effective immediately in protest to government’s failure to address their grievances despite numerous calls for an amicable solution to their plight. By Michael Gwarisa In a letter written to the Health Services Board Executive Director, Mrs Ruth Kaseke by representatives from all organisations representing health workers in the country, Health workers demanded that their salaries revert back to the October 1 2018 figures which were pegged in USD terms and indicated that all health workers have rejected the US$75 offer with the contempt…

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Govt Pays Health Workers’ COLA

GOVERNMENT says it has paid doctors the agreed Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) following their declaration of incapacitation. By HealthTimes Reporter In a statement issued by the Health and Child Care Ministry said a meeting on negotiations of the COLA was done last Wednesday. “The Health Service Bipartite Negotiating Panel (HSBNP) at its meeting held on the 28th of August 2019, agreed on a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) to be paid to members of the Health Service with effect from 1 August 2019,” said the Health ministry. The Ministry…

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There Is No Going Back This Time- Doctors

GOVERNMENT doctors who downed tools today (September 3 2019) citing incapacitation as a result of the prevailing economic woes, have vowed to dig in until their demands are met. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes, Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) acting president Dr Peter Magombeyi  said they will not be forced into submission by any tricks and negotiations need to be impartial and sincere. It’s incapacitation and not a strike and yes the doctors have heeded the call to withhold their services and not to report for work.…

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Nurses Down Tools…As Ultimatum Expires

NURSES from all public health institutions have gone on a one week long industrial action, healthtimes has learnt. By Michael Gwarisa In a letter directed to the Health Services Board apex Council, the Zimbabwe  Nurses Association (ZNA) said the 14 day altimutim they had given the authorities to resolve their griviances had lasped, hence the strike. “It was noted in the aforementioned meeting that whilst there had been some attempts to address minor grivances, the most important grievances relating to remuneration of Health workers vis-a-vis the current economic climate have…

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“Our Salaries Are Now Useless”- Zim Nurses

THE prevailing economic crisis has not spared the health sector employees whose living standards continue to deteriorate despite a salary increase of between 25% and 29% for all civil servants which was effected two months ago. By Michael Gwarisa Government proposed the increment as part of a $400 million cost of living adjustment for all civil servants following a series of industrial actions from government employees which include nurses and doctors. Speaking during the launch of the Nurses Now Zimbabwe program in Harare, Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZINA) president, Mr Enoch…

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Parirenyatwa Health Crisis Turning Into National Disaster- CWGH

COMMUNITY Working Group on Health (CWGH) executive director, Mr Itai Rusike has warned that the prevailing health crisis at Parirenyatwa Hospital could soon become a national disaster if government does not treat it with the urgency it deserves. By Michael Gwarisa The health crisis at Parirenyatwa has seen consultant doctors  downing tools after the institutions failed to allocate the necessary resources which include medical sundries, drugs and equipment. In other instances, unconfirmed number of deaths have been reported from the burns, maternal and emergency wards owing to the resources crisis.…

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