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Government extends civil servants medical scheme

KAONGA— I think people were trying to learn

The Department of Human Resource Management and Development (DHRMD) has extended its medical scheme to civil servants working under grades I, J and K.

In a circular to controlling officers, Secretary for DHRMD Blessings Chilabade says officers under the three grades would be paying K1,450 under the Executive Scheme while those under Econoplan will be deducted K460, per month.

“Membership to the scheme is voluntary and contributory. Joining the scheme is an ongoing process where an officer may wish to join at their convenience,” he said.

Civil Servants Trade Union Secretary General Mabvuto Kaonga said the scheme had received a positive response though it was being implemented at a snail’s pace.

Kaonga called upon the government and service providers to sensitise civil servants to the benefits of the scheme so that they would reap the benefits of accessing quality healthcare.

“In the initial phase, I think people were trying to learn but, still, we received a positive response. What is lacking most is the sensitisation [part],” he said.

DHRMD spokesperson Kennie Mtonga said the department was yet to consolidate the membership.

The government introduced the medical scheme in March last year, with the Medical Society of Malawi as a service provider. The government contributes 90 percent while officers contribute 10 percent.

Civil servants from Grade D to H were incorporated in the first phase of the initiative, where members contribute K3,000 under the VIP scheme and K1,450 on Executive.

The Civil Service has over 200,000 workers.

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