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    Tanzania: Five patients die as nurses strike
    Wed. April 25, 2007 01:44 pm.- By David Odoki.

    SomaliNet) Five Tanzanians are alleged to have died since weekend after nurses attending Rift Valley Fever patients laid down their tools at Dodoma Regional Hospital. They are pressing for payment of hardship allowance.

    When this reporter visited the hospital at around 10.00 in the morning yesterday, he saw nurses seated inside the training rooms as they waited for the Regional Medical Officer, while the sick lay unattended.

    One of the nurses who talked to The Guardian said she was sad that things had gone that far. The hospital management does not value our contribution. It has refused to pay our hardship allowances, which we are entitled since the outbreak of Rift Valley Fever on February 13 this year,? she said.

    The management is said to have issued the nurses with payment vouchers after being pressed, which they were supposed to sign and return to Regional Health Officer Dr. Edward Ganja. The TUGHE secretary at the hospital, Simon Boi, said unnecessary bureaucracy had led to the strike.

    Three RVF patients admitted to the hospital died on Sunday and two more died yesterday as nurses continued with their strike.
    This brings the death toll so far to 94 since the RVF outbreak occurred early this year. (Guardian)