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Zimbabwe's PM urges end to doctors strike

Friday, August 21, 2009
In this Thursday, March, 20, 2008 file photo sits Morgan Tsvangirai, now Prime Minister of Zimbabwe.

In this Thursday, March, 20, 2008 file photo sits Morgan Tsvangirai, now Prime Minister of Zimbabwe. (AP Photo)

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Zimbabwe's prime minister is urging striking doctors to return to work.

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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