Patients being returned home as public hospitals doctors' strike continues

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By Health Reporter

The situation at the country's public hospitals is dire as the strike by junior doctors continue, with most patients being returned home and the available doctors only attending to emergency cases.

At Harare Central Hospital, patients are being screened to ascertain how critical their condition is to determine if they can be treated or returned home.

At Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals, the situation is worse as senior doctors joined the strike last Thursday. 

The hospital's head of department in the emergency and outpatient departments Dr Elliot Chikwati  said on a normal day, the hospital usually attends to a minimum of 120 patients and the number has been reduced by 50 percent.

He also implored junior doctors to return to work while negotiations are underway.

Health professions authority secretary general Dr Shepherd Humure told Star FM News after a tour that the parties involved should  resolve the issue of strikes as a matter of urgency to ensure that health service delivery returns to normalcy.

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