President Emmerson Mnangagwa implored striking doctors and nurses to return to work as coronavirus infections continue to rise.
Addressing mourners at the burial of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement Minister Perrance Shiri at the National Heroes Acre this Friday, President Mnangagwa said health workers should act in the national interest while their grievances continue to be addressed. He said:
We must stop the scourge of Covid-19 itself a global pandemic. It spares no one. Great or small. Our nations of the world are suffering from its impact with figures of infections and deaths daily rising.
In unity and through discipline we stand a chance to save our nation from the impact of its menace. I call on our medical staff to act in the national interest and exhibit a great sense of responsibility.
My government hears your cries, listens to your concerns but the time to serve is now.
Your grievances which we acknowledge and continue to address cannot be enjoyed at the expense of loss of lives.
When the pandemic spreads and the death toll rises, there are no winners, none at all. We will all die.