Government has rehired nurses that were fired last week by Vice President Constantino Chiwenga with health institutions in Bulawayo saying all the fired nurses reported for work after writing letters to be re-admitted by the Government.
Mpilo Central Hospital clinical director Dr Solwayo Ngwenya yesterday told The Chronicle that Government had given them permission to hire 110 more nurses while Ingutsheni Hospital chief executive officer Mr Ernest Manyawu said they were given permission to hire 31 nurses. In a post on the Ministry of Health and Child Care’s twitter page, Health and Child Care Permanent Secretary Dr Gerald Gwinji said the ministry will conduct an orientation programme for the recruited nurses before they start work.
Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZiNA) secretary general Mr Enock Dongo said all nurses are back at work, with Government expected to announce a date to start negotiations. Said Dongo:
Most nurses have gone back to work and none of our members had problems. Our demands still stand because they have not been fulfilled. We’re now waiting for the Government to tell us when the negotiations will start. Nurses play a pivotal role in the country’s health delivery system but the Government has continued to ignore their concerns.