As the impasse between the suspended medical doctors and the government continues, relatives of patience seeking treatment have implored the government to bring a lasting solution to the stand-off as some patients are reportedly being turned away for cases regarded as non-emergency.

The ZBC News today visited some hospitals to assess the situation on ground following the suspension of junior doctors yesterday for defying a labour court direction to end their strike within 12 hours.

Harare Central Hospital Clinical Director, Dr Christopher Pasi said there is currently not much activity in terms of serious cases regarded as emergencies.

He however said with the merry making season in full swing, possibilities of accidents are high and in the event they occur, the existing staff compliment of senior medical doctors would not be sufficient.

Meanwhile, nine babies were born on Christmas day at the Harare Hospital maternity wards.