26 Jan, 2021 10:30 am

Zimbabwe: 1,500 Healthcare Workers Contract Covid-19, 8 Die

Over 1500 healthcare workers across the country have contracted the deadly Covid-19 pandemic since March 2020 as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the frontline workers remains a challenge at most public hospitals.

" The association added it was also disturbed by statements made by information ministry secretary Nick Mangwana last weekend accusing some medical doctors of having a hand in the recent deaths of senior government officials who succumbed to Covid-19.Mangwana claimed the ministers and other senior government officials who have succumbed to Covid-19 could have been deliberately killed by opposition 'activist' doctors."Public confidence in the profession has been eroded following reports on social media from a senior government official (Mangwana) to the effect that medical practitioners (especially senior hospital doctors) are hired to assassinate people in hospitals."It is unfortunate that this is not the first time that medical practitioners have been accused by government officials of committing such misdemeanour as in recent years and months authorities have summarily dismissed doctors and nurses from employment after accusing them of being influenced by political motives, in protesting against poor remuneration and working conditions.

"Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights finds this allegation absurd and unwarranted at a critical time when all medical practitioners and ordinary citizens are giving their all in seeking to curb the spread of coronavirus which is claiming the precious lives of people.In a statement Monday, the Zimbabwe Medical Association's national executive council (ZIMA) said healthcare service providers were not only working flat out under difficult circumstances to save lives, but are also becoming victims of Covid-19.

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