Unemployed Nurses and Midwives Demonstrate Forcing Government to Employ Them
Unemployed nurses took to the streets on Thursday in the main cities demanding employment from government.
The nurses, some of whom are working on temporary basis, say government has no justification not to employ them at a time there is a huge demand for their services
However, the planned demonstrations for the concerned unemployed nurses and midwives in Lilongwe failed to take place as scheduled because the Lilongwe City Council denied them permission at the 11th hour.
A letter by the Lilongwe City Council signed by the Chief executive Officer John Chome, indicates that the decision was made on grounds the event does meet the newly gazette COVID 19 preventive measures which among others prohibit gathering of more than 10 people.
This has not pleased the grouping who feel their right has been violated as they were set to follow the set rules in their event.
They were about 7 whereas the police were many.
Group chairperson Lastonie Manjawila told us they will not relent in their quest to push government to employ the qualified and registered nurses and midwives in the country.
He says their situation as a waste of government resources stating that over a 1000 have been trained, but remain unemployed yet the country’s health centre has inadequate personnel.
The concerned unemployed nurses and midwives further plans to find other means of reaching the Ministry of Health with their concern.
Earlier last week, the Nurses and Midwives Council of Malawi CEO Dr. Isabella Musisi tipped the unemployed nurses to consider venturing into private practice to cover the gap in the country.
Meanwhile, the ministry of health has acknowledged the need to employ more nurses in the public health sector, and says plans are underway.