Strikes in Zimbabwe have moved onto the third day as doctors are demanding better pay conditions. Currently, a doctor earns about 400 Zimbabwean dollars as basic salary and an “on-call allowance” of approximately 1,000 Zimbabwean dollars a month. That’s about $33 dollars. That’s about $83 dollars.
Do you think doctors deserve that kind of money considering the difficult, stressful, high-pressured and life-saving work they do?
My friend needed to go to the doctor yesterday after she injured herself at home. She had to wait hours and hours – about 27 hours – before she could see somebody. That somebody was only a junior doctor. The doctors are continuing their strike and they don’t show any sign of giving in. Atleast 1/2 of doctors working at Zimbabwe’s two leading hospitals have not turned up for work. How can the sick and poorly manage?
They are pressing for higher wages which seems impossible in the economic climate of our troubled country. We are fighting against the effects of high inflation. We need a change from within the economic system.
I am not dissapointed in the doctors. I do not find their decision wrong. They need to do what they must to do live. If Doctor’s can’t survive on their income, how can we expect them to make the civilians survive? It is illogical and it lacks sense. The government must treat our doctors better. Doctors are professionals who hold up our society and keep us healthy and strong. We need our government to support them.