Zimbabwe deploys military doctors to state hospitals


In a bid to contain a crippling doctors’ strike in Zimbabwe, the country’s government has deployed doctors from the military to state hospitals.

Doctors went on strike today after one of their own, union leader Peter Magombeyi, was allegedly abducted by state security agents.

Despite calls for information on his whereabouts and doctors’ declaration that they would not return to work until he is found, no headway has been made.

During a press briefing this evening, Health Minister Obadiah Moyo said military doctors would provide services at public facilities as a “temporary measure”.

At the same briefing, Information Communication and Technology Minister Kazembe Kazembe said there were no signs that Magombeyi had been abducted and this case would therefore be treated as a “disappearance”.

State Security Minister Owen Ncube said that despite telling his officers to approach the case with “an open mind”, they should check if a “third force” is involved.

“I have instructed security forces to investigate whether or not a third force is involved,” he said.- TimesLive


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