Zimbabwe’s public hospital doctors went on strike today over a lack of protective gear as the country’s already fragile health system threatens to buckle under the coronavirus.
Despite registering only two confirmed cases, some patients’ families are reportedly being asked to provide basics such as gloves and even clean water.
Hundreds of doctors are at risk and will only re-enter the hospitals when the government provides suitable protection, says the president of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association.
Zimbabwe’s doctors had only just returned to work in January after a four-month strike demanding better salaries and working conditions.
As neighbouring South Africa registers the most cases in Africa, many fear that Zimbabwe will be unable to cope in a similar situation.