Zimbabwe: Nurses Rejecting Patients with Local Currency, Selling Drugs on the Side

Zimbabwe: Nurses Rejecting Patients with Local Currency, Selling Drugs on the Side


Residents of Harare, Zimbabwe, have accused nurses of turning clinics into illegal, yet highly lucrative foreign currency trading centers, the New Zimbabwe reported Monday.

Locals complained at a neighborhood meeting in the Highfields suburb of Harare that they are unable to access reliable healthcare services at public clinics and have threatened to petition parliament to force changes over such neglect.

“Our nurses are not receipting United States dollars we give them,” one woman said at the meeting. “Instead, they are taking the money and using their Ecocash accounts to pay for us while giving us receipts reflecting payment in bond notes.”

After the meeting’s conclusion, a CHRA official confirmed that nurses were prioritizing patients with American dollars, presumably because of the worthlessness of Zimbabwe’s notoriously unstable currency. Inflation of the Zimbabwean dollar currently runs at 500 percent annually.

“During a community meeting held at Zimbabwe Hall in Highfields, the residents revealed Highfields Polyclinic

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