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Zimbabwe Interns Strike Over Shortages of Critical Drugs, Materials


A strike by junior doctors at Mpilo Hospital in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second largest city, entered its third day on Wednesday as about 50 interns withheld services to back up their demands for better supplies of everything from drugs to rubber gloves.

The doctors said they could no longer bear to see patients die for lack of the materials needed to treat them properly. Later reports said management at Mpilo brought in some of the supplies that lacked and that doctors might soon resume work.

The president of the Zimbabwe Medical Doctors Association in Matabeleland, where Bulawayo is located Chad Tarumbwa, told reporter Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that conditions at Mpilo were the same as everywhere else in a country where doctors are losing patients they could have saved under better conditions.

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