Thousands of nurses have returned to work in Zimbabwe, despite their demands not being met.
More than 15,000 embarked on a strike last week, complaining of poor pay and a lack of medicines in the state-run health sector.
Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga – the former army chief who was central to ousting long-serving ruler Robert Mugabe last year – retaliated by sacking them “in the interest of patients and of saving lives”.
Enoch Dongo, spokesman for the Zimbabwe Nurses Association, told AFP news agency:
Nurses have gone back to work today although their grievances still stand.
Some were asked to first fill in dismissal forms and then sign forms for resumption of duty. We haven’t heard of any who have been turned back.”