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RCN salutes Zimbabwe nurses as Mugabe denies cholera epidemic

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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.

Yesterday Mr Mugabe claimed that cholera was controlled in Zimbabwe, although this has been contested by both the UN and Save the Children.

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.’

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  • I would like to congradulate the Zimbabwean nurses and the nation as a whole for the courage and support that they are giving each other during these very difficult times of enduring such a terrible pandemic, I feel for everyone who has lost family members, thanks to all the volonteers who are working tirelesly to combat this disease, keep up the good work, I am also Zimbabwean and I appreciate all the help.


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