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Government recruits central hospital nurses

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By Audrey Kapalamula:

The government, through the Ministry of Health and Population, has recruited 371 nurses for central hospitals in the country.

Ministry of Health spokesperson, Joshua Malango, Monday said the group includes 235 nurse midwife technicians under Grade K and 136 nursing officers under Grade I.

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Malango said the nurses have been deployed to central hospitals due to high vacancy rates in the facilities.

“The recruitment of nurses and health workers in general is ongoing. The recruited nurses have reported for work. As you might recall, we issued a statement where the Ministry of Finance gave us extra resources to recruit more nurses and this is the group we have recruited,” he said

Malango said the other nurses would be recruited through the Local Government Service Commission which is responsible for recruiting nurses and other health workers for district hospitals.

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National Organisation for Nurses and Midwives Executive Director, Shouts Simeza, commended the government for the initiative.

Simeza, however, said the figure of recruited nurses is lower than the vacancy rate in central hospitals.

“We are also aware that the Local Government Service Commission is also recruiting for district hospitals but, still more, the figures are on the lower side. We will continue to negotiate with the government and other stakeholders that are involved so that the number should increase for Malawians to receive quality care from a number of midwives and technicians, and not from a few,” he said

Recently, a group of qualified but unemployed nurses protested against the government’s failure to recruit them on permanent basis.

The group gave President Peter Mutharika 30 days to offer them employment.

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