Nurses speak on victimization over demonstrations. Some nurses including some top executives and members of the Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZINA) have resigned following the alleged victimisation.
Nurses at Sally Mugabe Central Hospital (formerly Harare Central Hospital) say they are continually being harassed by the hospital’s management for participating in last year’s protests over the lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
ZINA president, Mr Enoch Dongo, has since resigned from Sally Mugabe Hospital and Mr Samson Gurupira, the organizing secretary at Sally Mugabe Hospital, have also resigned from the institution. Speaking to the Health Times, Gurupira said he resigned earlier this year after being subjected to harassment. He added that the resignation was a way of preventing the situation from deteriorating further. He said:
The conditions that were created by my superiors had become so unbearable. I was arrested last year in June and spent a night in the police cells for allegedly leading a demonstration against poor salaries and wages, and lack of personal protective equipment. This arrest was caused by my employer. I was served with three different charges and a suspension letter.
Gurupira said he tried to engage authorities hoping to find an amicable way to resolve the issue but “things only got worse.” Sally Mugabe Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr Christopher Pasi dismissed the alleged victimisation reports as untrue. He said every profession has a code of ethics and the nurses defied theirs by speaking to the media when they were not authorised to do so.
Source – Zimetro
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