Zimbabwe's PM urges end to doctors strike

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) - August 21, 2009 Morgan Tsvangirai made the call in a speech to the Zimbabwe Medical Association Friday. The nationwide strike began Aug. 11.

Zimbabwe's government began paying doctors in U.S. dollars after former opposition leader Tsvangirai joined a coalition in February. The doctors' salaries in Zimbabwean dollars had become worthless because of runaway inflation.

Now the doctors want their salaries increased from $170 a month to $1,000.

The first cases of swine flu in Zimbabwe were reported this week, putting new pressure on the southern African country's health sector.

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