The nurses of Zimbabwe have received a letter of support from the RCN, on the eve of President Mugabe’s claim the cholera epidemic is over.
Mr Mugabe said Western powers were using the epidemic as an excuse to wage war on him.
'Now that there is no cholera there is no cause for war anymore,' he said, on a nationally televised speech.
The epidemic, Zimbabwe’s worst in over a decade, has claimed 783 lives so far, with a further 16,403 suspected cases reported. The UN has called for $6m to help fight the epidemic.
In his letter on Tuesday to Zimbabwe Nurses Association president Doreen Choruma, RCN chief executive and general secretary Peter Carter said he was proud to call the nurses of Zimbabwe his 'sisters and brothers'.
‘In the midst of all of this, Zimbabwe’s nurses have maintained both their dignity and their professionalism,’ he said. ‘In fact, your members have done what nurses the world over are renowned for doing – they have put the needs of their patients first.’
Rachael Pounds, Save the Children’s country director, said: ‘There is much evidence out there that this crisis is growing, not diminishing, especially as we know there are many people who can’t get to cholera centres.’