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Nonm wants to secure jobs for nurses in USA

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George Jobe

National Organisation of Nurses and Midwives (Nonm) has announced plans to secure jobs for nurses in the country, citing United States of America (USA) as a likely destination.

It says this is a retaliatory move, after the Malawi Government has, since 2016, failed to recruit qualified nurses.

Nonm President Shouts Simeza told The Daily Times that the government has never employed nurses using local funds, apart from the few who were employed last year using allocations from the Global Fund.

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Simeza said, according to Nonm’s statistics, the country has over 3,000 registered nurses and midwives who are yet to be employed.

He said Malawi would, therefore, benefit from Nonm’s initiative in the sense that, once the nurses are hired in USA, they would easily support their families in Malawi.

“The government should not get worried if these nurses are recruited in United States of America; rather, it should be worried that the nurses that used public resources to be trained are staying idle in their homes.

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“We are meeting this week to engage our agent and see the modalities of how our nurses will be hired. We want them to go to USA because there are vacancies in USA,” Simeza said.

Ministry of Health spokesperson Adrian Chikumbe said he needed ample time to comment on the matter but Malawi Health Equity Network Executive Director George Jobe urged the government to find means of employing the nurses.

“The 250 health centres the government is planning to construct will need staff. As such, we can’t dump our nurses like that while we, as a country, need more nurses. These nurses must be employed by the Government of Malawi,” Jobe said.

Recently, directors of central hospitals in the country complained that referral hospitals are operating without specialist doctors, including nurses that were trained in specialised disciplines.

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