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Zimbabwean doctors call off strike ahead of civil service walk-out
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Zimbabwean doctors call off strike ahead of civil service walk-out

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Zimbabwean junior doctors called off a three-week strike on Sunday, saying the government had partially met their demands.

This comes a day before a one-day walk-out by other public sector workers mostly teachers, who are expected to go on strike on Monday to push the government to pay 2016 annual bonuses that were due in December.

The Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) said in a statement that it decided to end the strike, after “seeing the plight of patients”.

The government increased allowances to 360 dollars per month rather than the 720 dollars demanded by doctors, promised a car loan package and created 250 new posts for doctors with immediate effect.

Meanwhile, President Robert Mugabe returned from a medical review in Singapore early on Sunday, a move which had drawn criticism from opponents who say he has presided over the collapse of public hospitals at home.

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