Health workers end strike


Frontline health care workers resumed work on Friday after coming to a compromise with government on their grievances, authorities from both sides have confirmed. The workers staged a sit in for about two weeks, protesting unavailability of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and low risk allowances in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic.

In a communique signed by, among others, Secretary for Health Dan Namarika and Ombudsman Martha Chizuma dated April 23, 2020 the workers have agreed to go back to work. Apart from revising upwards risk allowances for the health workers the communication states that the ministry has started distributing PPEs to all District Health Offices (DHOs).

According to the communiqué, so far 755 of the targeted additional 2000 health care workers have already been recruited and interviews for the remaining 1,245 were held on April 22, 2020. Considering the importance of provision of the PPEs to the safety of the health workers in the fight against Covid-19, the ministry has so far distributed some PPEs to all DHOs…the Government Negotiating Team (GNT) will be utilised to assist in negotiating conditions of service for health workers to avoid certain conditions being static for long periods of time,” reads the communique in part.


Confirming the resolutions, Chairperson for the National Organisation of Nurses and Midwives (Nonm) Shouts Simeza, has told The Sunday Times that some of the health facilities have already started receiving the protective equipment but stressed that Nonm will continue monitoring the situation.

“Our wish is that everybody should go back to the workplace, good enough we were not at home. We were not on strike. “We were there in the premises of the working places, what was happening was to detach ourselves from the real service provision because of uncertainty and lack of safety,” Simeza said.

The Covid-19 pandemic has so far claimed three lives in Malawi with 30 active cases

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