SENIOR STAFF WRITER
THE United Nations (UN) says it’s time that the government addresses the country’s health crisis, beginning with the on-going doctors and nurses’ strike, the Daily News reports.
At the same time, more than 300 healthcare workers have been infected with the killer disease since the country recorded its first case in March this year.
“The main challenges in Zimbabwe’s health system include persistent industrial action by nurses, notice to strike by additional health worker cadres, increasing number of health workers infected with Covid-19 … insufficient capacity for hospitalisation of ill Covid-19 patients, and delayed placement of orders for essential supplies including lab kits and personal protective equipment (PPE).“Priorities should include government action to urgently address health workers’ concerns, allowances and occupational safety,” it said.
“To this end, there is an urgent need to increase the number of beds in health facilities nationwide for isolation of suspected, conﬁrmed and probable cases; increase availability of medical equipment including ventilators, patient monitors as well as medical supplies and consumables required for the management of cases … and increase the availability of personal protective equipment for all health workers involved in the management of cases,” the UN organ said.