zimbabwe Nurses And doctors Table Demands to Government as front-line workers to fight cOVID-19

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The Zimbabwe Nurses Association has written a second letter in 48hrs to their Employer, Ministry Health and Child Care with a list of demands to for them to attend to Corona Virus patience.

This is worrying considering that the Zimbabwe Health System is already in intensive care. The Government must seriously consider the safety and protection of their front-line workers and the life its citizens that is at threatened by the Novel COVID-19.

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Number one on their demands is personal protective equipment (PPE), a responsible employer must do everything to support health workers who, despite their own well-founded fears, are stepping directly into Covid-19’s path to aid the afflicted and help halt the virus’s spread.

Other counties like South Africa are offering Risk Insurance/Allowance to their front-line team that is attending to those infected by the deadly virus.

It is very unreasonable for the Government to expect the Nurses to work without running and Protective Kits and the responsible authorities should not delay to attend to the issues raised by Nurses in this letter.

“The risk to doctors, nurses and others on the front lines has become plain: Italy has seen at least 18 doctors with coronavirus die. Spain reported that more than 3,900 health care workers have become infected”

“It is often forgotten that as humans, Nurses feel the sorrow of loss when their patients succumb to the virus. They too have families, and so will also naturally be fearful that the virus might reach those they love most. We must give these health workers all the support they need to do their jobs, be safe and stay alive. We will need them when the next pandemic strikes. ” wrote Mr. Mutahi Kagwe who is the Minister of Health in Kenya and Siddharth Chatterjee ,the United Nations Resident Coordinator to Kenya.

To appreciate the severity of the situation see letters from Zimbabwe Nurses Association and another from Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association below;

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