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Zimbabwe president cuts short holiday over doctors’ strike

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa cut short his annual vacation to try to resolve an impasse with doctors who have been on strike for a month.

According to a government spokesman, hundreds of junior doctors in public hospitals across Zimbabwe withdrew their services in November demanding salaries in US dollars, an increase in on-call allowances and an improvement in drug supplies and provision of functional equipment.

Negotiations have so far hit a brick wall with the government insisting it has no capacity to pay salaries in US dollars.

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