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Zimbabwe: The death throes of Harare's hospitals

Has 15 years experience. Specializes in LTC, Med/Surg, Peds, ICU, Tele.


Hospital wards in one of Zimbabwe's main hospitals bear a resemblance to deserted, poor rural classrooms and the country's empty supermarkets

At Harare Central, student nurses have nothing much to do, even if 70% of the qualified staff have left to neighbouring countries.

A nurse showed me her September payslip, her salary of Z$12,542 - about 12 US cents - is not even enough to buy a soft drink.

"This is the misery we are going through," said Beaular, a nurse who asked for her real name not to be used.

"With these peanuts, the government expects us to come to work, board our commuter omnibus, and feed our families.

"The patients might be unwell, but government officials are sick in the head," she said.

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