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MITHI— The nation needs them

Society of Medical Doctors in Malawi says it plans to meet with Health Minister Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda on National Organisation of Nurses and Midwives (Nonm)’s plans to secure jobs for over 3,000 nurses that have not secured employment in the public sector since 2017.

President of the society Victor Mithi said Nonm’s decision has the potential to push over 100 doctors, who are also yet to be employed and are struggling, to seek greener pastures elsewhere.

“The nation needs them but, at the same time, these are people that have needs. Their parents invested in them so that they could be economically independent and contribute to the wellbeing of their families as well as the country’s development.

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“Therefore, if the government is not employing them, then it is fair to let them go. That is why we are going to meet with the Minister of Health so that we discuss how we can still keep these doctors and nurses in our hospitals,” Mithi said.

He added that doctors work hand-in-hand with nurses and other medical practitioners, hence their limited number affects service delivery in healthcare service provision centres.

However, Ministry of Health spokesperson Adrian Chikumbe said the ministry would need some time to consult before commenting on the matter.

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Nonm President Shouts Simeza recently said the government has never employed nurses using local funds, apart from the few who were employed using Global Funds’ allocation last year.

Simeza then said the government would benefit from the nurses-exportation initiative because, once the nurses are hired in the United States, they would easily support their families in Malawi.

But Malawi Health Equity Network Executive Director George Jobe said the government should find means of employing the nurses, arguing that 250 healthcare centres the government plans to establish would need staff.

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