Zim doctors express gratitude as they accept Masiyiwa’s donation

Staff Writer

ZIMBABWE Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) has finally accepted an allowance offer extended by Econet Wireless founder, Strive Masiyiwa after having turned down the offer almost two months ago.

In a statement Tuesday, ZDHA confirmed the major climb down but did not state whether the acceptance marks the end of the four months long strike.

“In light of the recent developments, the ZHDA wants to extend its gratitude to the Higher Life 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 date,” the association said.

The doctors association said it remained 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 in hospitals for the benefit of our patients.

The striking junior and senior doctors turned down offers by government to return to work last year.

Econet Wireless founder, Strive Masiyiwa and his wife, Tsitsi, through their Higher Life Foundation (HLF), extended an offer to pay $5 000 per month.

The doctors went on strike on September 3 to protest against poor wages which in some instances is less than US$100 a month.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government has responded to the job boycott by firing some of the doctors and pursuing disciplinary action.

Under the $100 million scholarship fund, HLF had offered to pay the senior and junior doctors $5 000, provide three Vaya rides to work every day and smart phones.



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