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By Jameson Chauluka:

Qualified but unemployed nurses in the country are today expected to hold nationwide demonstrations to force the government to employ them, health rights activist and lead organiser of the demonstrations, Donald Kanjere Zgambo, has confirmed.

Zgambo accuses the government of playing double standards by refusing to employ the nurses while making them work on upkeep basis in the same public hospitals and pay them peanuts.

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“The government is failing to employ the nurses but making make them work on upkeep basis. They are doing the very same work but being paid K2,500 or K3,000 yet they have degrees or diplomas. The nurses are taking care of the sick all days and nights and yet we are not being taken care of,” he said.

Zgambo urged all the concerned nurses and other well-meaning Malawians to join the march. The nurses are being urged to wear full nursing uniforms during the march.

“We are also asking the people who feel that they are being affected by the shortage of nurses in the country to join us wearing black and white. You see, there are over 2,000 unemployed nurses in the country while, the country needs 5,000 of us,” he said.

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In Mzuzu, the nurses will march from Katoto Ground to Mzuzu Civic offices through Mzuzu High Court roundabout.

In Lilongwe, the protesters will converge on Lilongwe Community Ground and march to Civic Centre offices through Kamuzu Central Hospital via Lingadzi roundabout.

In Blantyre, the nurses will converge on Chichiri Upper Stadium and proceed to Blantyre City Council Civic offices.

Zgambo said, originally, the demonstrations were scheduled to run alongside the ones which Human Rights Defenders Coalition wanted to hold.

Ministry of Health spokesperson, Joshua Malango, asked for more time to comment on the matter.

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