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Zimbabwe’s Health Workers Demand Protection against Coronavirus

Doctors and nurses in Zimbabwe are striking to protest the shortage of personal protective equipment for health workers in the nation’s hospitals, their unions said. Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association spokesman Tapiwa Zvakada said doctors will not resume work until the government provides the proper gear they need for their protection while treating patients during the outbreak. They are asking for N95 respirators, gowns, goggles and sanitizers when dealing with Covid-19 patients. Zimbabwe has recorded three cases of Covid-19, and one of the patients — a popular broadcaster Zororo Makamba died on Monday at the Wilkins Infectious Diseases hospital in Harare.  Harare received a donation from the Jack Ma foundation that includes 200,000 test kits, 100,000 face masks and 10,000 protective suits for health workers. The Chinese government is currently building an Intensive Care Unit at Wilkins hospital is for critical patients in the isolation facility, the minister said.