Zimbabwean Billionaire Strive Masiyiwa Pays Doctors To Call Off Strike

Late last year, state-run clinics and hospitals closed down when doctors refused to work while junior doctors and nurses striked for better wages and conditions.

Medical staff at Zimbabwe’s state-run facilities had their wages cut short by hyperinflation that has torn the country’s economy apart this year. Depleted state coffers have also left the government unable to purchase sufficient supplies for state medical facilities. Power shortages and rolling blackouts have only added to the myriad difficulties facing healthcare providers, Aljazeera reports.

The negotiations between the government and the union representing junior doctors didn’t fall through, leading to the ongoing strike. The government has called the strike illegal, sacking more than 400 junior doctors and withdrawing salaries from others.

The doctors currently earn about 20$ (400 Zimbabwean dollars) and want their wages increased to at least $50.

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Zimbabwean billionaire Strive Masiyiwa has negotiated a deal that was previously rejected by the union but has finally been accepted bringing the strike which was the longest in the country’s history to an end.

Through Strive Masiyiwa’s Higher Life Foundation, he will pay each doctor a subsistence allowance of about $300 (£230) and provide them with transport to work for six months, it’s not clear what will happen after that.

“In light of the recent development, the ZHDA wants to extend its gratitude to the Higherlife Foundation for extending its offer once again to all government doctors. The ZHDA is encouraging its entire membership to go and apply for the training fellowship before the stipulated deadline”, the ZHDA said.

Adedayo Laketu

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