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Zimbabwe doctors’ advice: Don’t get sick

AP/Yahoo News, September 2, 2008
As its economy collapses, Zimbabwe doctors are advising Zimbabweans to not get sick, and if they do to not count on hospitals. A laboratory at a main 1,000-bed hospital has virtually shut down, and X-ray materials, injectable antibiotics, and anticonvulsants have run out. Emergency resuscitation equipment is also out of action, and patients needing casts for broken bones need to bring their own plaster. Health authorities blame problem on the drying up of foreign aid under Western sanctions imposed to end political and human rights abuses under President Robert Mugabe.