Connect with us

African News

Zimbabwe Nurses End Three-Month Strike Over Pay

Published

on

Zimbabwe Nurses End Three-Month Strike Over Pay

Zimbabwe nurses union has asked its striking members to return to work.  The nurses went on strike three months ago over a pay dispute.

The biggest nurses union-the Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZINA), which has more than 16,000 members, called for the strike to force president Emmerson Mnanagwa’s government to pay salaries in U.S. dollars.  The government has said it is unable to do so.

The union said on Wednesday it was encouraging its members to end the strike action which has forced major hospitals to turn away patients at a time the country is fighting the Coronavirus pandemic.

READ:  Zimbabwe Senior Doctors Stop Work As Public Hospital Strike Spreads

The strike by nurses and senior doctors has crippled public hospitals.  Non-emergency patients were being turned away and some babies were stillborn because of inadequate medical care.

The Zimbabwe Nurses Association president Enoch Dongo said nurses would give vice president Constantino Chiwenga a chance to resolve the dispute.  Chiwenga, appointed health minister last month, has said the government would soon table a pay offer for the health sector and stop paying medical bills for cabinet ministers and senior officials who seek treatment abroad to save on scarce foreign exchange.

READ:  UN "Deeply Concerned" As Communal Violence Surges In Mali

Dongo told Reuters.”when you have a crisis sometimes you need to give people a chance to resolve it. After sometime we will review this decision,” adding that “so we are telling our members to report for work but only if they have transport money and if there is PPE in hospitals.”

Dongo said the lowest paid nurse earned 6,000 Zimbabwe dollars ($73) in salary and allowances monthly. The state statistical agency says an average family of five needs at least 15,573 Zimbabwe dollars to be not considered poor.

READ:  DR Congo Ebola Responders Strike Over Unpaid Salaries

Zimbabweans are growing impatient with Mnangagwa, who promised to revive the economy when he took over from Robert Mugabe after a coup in 2017. Mnangagwa says the economy is being sabotaged the opposition and some western countries.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

African News

Burundi Opposition Condemns ‘Mass Arrests’

Published

on

By

Burundi’s main opposition party, the National Freedom Council (CNL), has condemned what it calls the mass arrest of its members who are accused of being linked to rebel attacks in the west of the country.

The party said nearly 100 of its members have been arrested in less than two weeks and most of them have not been taken to court.

READ:  More Than 30 Persons Killed By Floods In Ghana

Party leader Agathon Rwasa told the BBC, that CNL members are being arrested while we have nothing to do with the rebels. CNL was the main challenger in may’s general election that saw the ruling party, CNDD-FDD, retain the presidency.

READ:  Union Backs Down From Its Proposed Strike - Zimbabwe Official

He said his party’s representatives in the south-western Bururi province have been arrested for holding an “illegal meeting”. Rwasa added that there was “nothing illegal in a regular meeting of a political. The ministries of justice and security have not responded to the media`s request for comment.

READ:  Egypt Reaches Agreement With IMF On Next $2bn Loan Payment

Rwasa finished second with 24% of the vote.

Continue Reading

African News

Niger Postpones Reopening Of Schools After Floods

Published

on

By

Niger Postpones Reopening Of Schools After Floods

The Niger authorities have postponed the reopening of schools across the country following heavy floods that have reportedly killed more than 70 persons and displaced hundreds of thousands. Schools were due to reopen on October first, but the government has said they will now reopen on the fifteenth for the new academic year.

READ:  Egypt Reaches Agreement With IMF On Next $2bn Loan Payment

Large parts of Niger have been affected by the floods following torrential rains and rivers bursting their banks. The capital, Niamey, and its surroundings has been the worst hit.

READ:  Chinese Peacekeepers Complete UN Escort Mission In South Sudan

Most of the flood victims are sheltered in schools and the authorities say they need time to relocate them to other shelters.

Earlier this year, students lost several months of learning when schools were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

READ:  UN, AU Ask South Sudan's Warring Sides To Deliver On Peace Deal

Schools reopened briefly in early June and later closed for holidays but floods have now forced them to remain shut.

Continue Reading

African News

COVID-19: Kenya Relaxes Burial Restrictions

Published

on

By

COVID-19: Kenya Relaxes Burial Restrictions

The Kenyan government has lifted restriction on burials that would now allow families to attend funerals of their loved ones.  Authorities have relaxed restrictions on funeral gatherings for those who died from COVID-19.

Previously, families watched from a distance as health officials in full protective gear took over burials. Protocols have been updated to allow families to give their loved ones decent burial. Chief administrative secretary Mercy Mwangangi told journalists on Tuesday “they will also allow any safe religious or cultural burial rites.

READ:  Algeria Claims Financial Capability To Combat Pandemic

Kenya health officials say bodies of COVID-19 victims do not transmit the virus. The world health organization and Africa CDC have not stated whether a corpse can transmit covid-19.

READ:  WFP Chief Warns Of Hunger Pandemic As Covid-19 Spreads

Under Kenya’s revised measures, health officials will only be present in burials to guide the process and ensure safety.

The Kenyan government said last month previous burial restrictions were extreme.

READ:  DR Congo Ebola Responders Strike Over Unpaid Salaries

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2018 African News Network. All Rights Reserved.

%d bloggers like this: