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Zimbabwe Nurses Association for Human Rights
May 02, 2008
The Zimbabwe Nurses
Association for Human Rights though yet to be formally launched,
wishes to join the rest of the civic society in Zimbabwe in condemning
all forms of violence being perpetrated on innocent civilians countrywide.
Whilst we remain politically
impartial we would like to demand a commitment from the political
leadership in Zimbabwe's political parties to the existence of a
free and peaceful country where people can live, walk and talk freely
without a cloud of tension and intimidation hanging in the sky.
The current situation
is not doing anything to relieve the stress that is on the overall
health delivery system. Victims of political violence can not access
medical care on time whilst those who do either can not afford the
ever rising hospital costs or find the health institutions with
no drugs at all. This situation further stresses the Nurses who
make up the largest percentage of health professionals both in the
private and public sectors.
The nurses although
being the majority in the health sector continue to receive paltry
remuneration from employers resulting in many leaving the country
in large numbers for greener pastures.There is a growing number
of nurses who have completely abandoned the trade for other income
generating activities such as market gardening, vendoring, cross
boarder trading, or just staying home whilst a smaller percentage
has opted to go back to school for different career pursuits.
There are several incidents of intimidation and victimization of
our colleagues who are stationed in different health centres countrywide.
We would like to offer
ourselves to make sure that the people of Zimbabwe continue to receive
and access basic health services. We would like to invite all the
nurses around and those in the diaspora to come forward and join
us in this endeavor to work for the provision of health to all citizens.
We are requesting the civic society,International community,allied
health professionals to support our strife in restoring sanity to
the most crucial sector of society. We will be carrying out medical
outreaches to attend to those in the outline areas and to provide
immunization services to the millions of children who can no longer
access these in most government hospitals and clinics.
ZimNAHR is inviting all
peace loving Zimbabweans to come forward and declare their wish
to have Zimbabwe working again. We are making an online appeal to
employers to give reasonable salaries to the few who have remained
to serve the people. We appeal to NGOs to come forward and assist
our organization in training of members in basic human rights such
that when time comes we will all understand the universal declaration
of human rights and health for all.
God bless you Zimbabwe.
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