Seventy-one general nurses and 58 midwives graduated at Mpilo Central Hospital this Wednesday amid a heavy police presence.
The Daily News reports that the graduation ceremony was held at the Large City Hall with police officers on standby to quell any anticipated violence.
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Violence was expected following the recent public outcry over the recent recruitment of nurses at Mpilo Central Hospital and other hospitals in the Matabeleland provinces.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Mpilo hospital clinical director, Solwayo Ngwenya appealed to the government to unfreeze posts in the health sector which the government froze to reduce expenditure. Ngwenya said:
We still need a lot of posts to be unfrozen … I call on the government to unfreeze these critical posts so that we can employ more specialists and ensure that the graduating nurses are absorbed into the system.
The medical health caregivers graduate when the health sector in the country is grounded as noted by the inadequacy of medicines and equipment.
The industrial action that was initiated by junior and middle-level doctors on the 3rd of September this year served to further worsen the already dire situation.
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