Ministry Of Health Adjusts Health Workers’ Working Time Table

The working time table of health caregivers in Zimbabwe has been adjusted to allow them to rest and also reduce exposure to the coronavirus.

The new arrangement shall see the workers, including nurses and doctors, reporting for duty for a week and then spend two weeks at home.

The development was announced in a letter dated May 11 addressed to all provincial medical directors and chief executive officers by the then Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr Agnes Mahomva.  The letter read in part:

Further to the letter from the Health Service Board where they effected the cancellation of flexible working hours for health workers due to the declaration of Covid-19 pandemic by President Mnangagwa, all provincial medical directors and chief executive officers should utilise the system outlined below which will minimise the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Health workers should, therefore, report for duty for one week continuously and take two weeks off to minimise exposure risk

In an interview with The Chronicle on Sunday, Health Service Board chairperson Dr Paulinus Sikosana said health workers returning to work from off would be tested for Covid-19 before reporting for duty again adding that, usually, one shows signs between two to 14 days.

More: The Chronicle

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