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Zimbabwe healthcare bleeds amid mass nurse exodus

Added 05-16-22 06:04:02am EST - “Virginia Mutsamwira says she treats four times the number of patients she should ideally handle at a township clinic in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “Zimbabwe healthcare bleeds amid mass nurse exodus”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Virginia Mutsamwira says she treats four times the number of patients she should ideally handle at a township clinic in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe.

"It's tiring -- the nurse-patient ratio is really bad," she says, throwing herself onto a brown sofa at her house in Cold Comfort township after a 12-hour shift.

The 52-year-old senior nurse is skilled, experienced and educated. Yet her monthly salary of some $200 (192 euros) barely covers her basics.

To make ends meet for her family of eight, she runs a small grocery shop out of her home, where she also rears chickens and rabbits for sale.

She is joining the exodus of healthcare workers emigrating from Zimbabwe -- in her case, "to secure my retirement."

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