Govt Already Seized With Issues Facing Health Workers – Health Official

Health Services Board (HSB), Dr Paulinus Sikosana said the government was already seized with challenges facing employees in the health sector. In an interview with the Herald, Sikosana said:

The vehicle loan scheme, which was one of the issues brought to the table is something Government is already working on. Of course the amendment of the Statutory Instrument 63 to accommodate vehicles less than 10 years has taken a bit of time, but these are issues the Ministry of Health (and Child Care), the Ministry of Finance (and Economic Development) and ZIMRA (Zimbabwe Revenue Authority) are working tirelessly on.

The doctor also revealed that the cost of living, one of the items on the agenda, is affecting every other employee. Sikosana said:

This is an issue Government is looking into and as far as we are concerned Central Government has already indicated that there will be a review on cost of living in June and that is what we advised them.

He also said that the government was working to create conducive environments for workers. It is also working to address issues to do with drug supply, flexible working hours, protective clothing, and functioning of equipment.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZINA) President Mr. Enock Dongo said the Health Apex Council failed to agree with the employer in Thursday’s meeting and were, therefore, considering alternative options to express their grievances.

In response, Dr. Sikosana said that the Board was still open to negotiations.


More: The Herald

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