NONM for Better Working Conditions

Chiomba Chiomba - pic by Hastings Jimani

The National Organizations of Nurses and Midwives of Malawi (NONM) has called for unity among nurses and midwives in bargaining justices in their respective workplaces.

NONM Acting Executive Director Harriet Chiomba spoke in Mulanje on Thursday during a shop stewards’ workshop from nurses and midwives trade unions.

“Beside unity, trade unions consider rights of patients and uphold the oath they took when joining the two professions while fighting for their better working conditions,” said Chiomba.

Blantyre District Health Office Senior Nursing Officer, Mirriam Hanjahanja, said delivery of quality health care services is compromised when authorities ignore their challenges and, in the end, patients suffer most.

“Imagine our health facilities have run out of drugs and other essential medical equipment including personal protective equipment (PPEs) and authorities are not concerned with this, we become compromised,” said Hanjahanja. 

An official from Malawi Congress of Trade Union Jessie Ching’oma asked the union leaders not to be passive when advocating for their rights amidst rising cost of living.

“We are asking these nurses and midwives who are our members to lobby, advocate and defend their rights for them to serve their clients better,” said Ching’oma.

Participants to this workshop have been drawn from nurses and midwives trade unions in South West and South East zones.

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