Zimbabwe doctors finally accept Masiyiwa offer


Zimbabwe’s junior doctors today finally accepted the offer by Zimbabwe’s richest man Strive Masiyiwa which will see them getting $5 000 a month but they did not say when they are going back to work.

Junior doctors have been on strike since 3 September last year and have refuted reports that they had gone back to work.

Masiyiwa through his Higher Life Foundation offered 2 000 doctors $5 000 a month for six months if they returned to work.

In addition to the monthly package, the doctors were to receive a smartphone, a VAYA taxi ride from home, uniforms and diagnostic aids.

The Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association, which represents the junior doctors, said in a statement today: “In light of the recent development, the ZHDA wants to extend its gratitude to the Higherlife Foundation for extending its offer once again to all government doctors. The ZHDA is encouraging its entire membership to go and apply for the training fellowship before the stipulated deadline.

“The ZHDA remains eager and committed in engaging all the responsible authorities and interested parties in finding a long lasting solution to the doctors’ welfare and to the working conditions of Hospitals for the benefit of our patients.”

A splinter doctors’ union, the Progressive Doctors Association of Zimbabwe, was formed during the impasse but it seems to have failed to make any impact.


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