Government employees over 300 Nurses

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The Zambian government has employed over 300 Nurses to replace those fired for going on a-ten-day strike that paralyzed operations at the country’s biggest hospital and provinces.

The government has employed 305 registered Nurses with 50 midwives  and the recruitment exercise will continue as there is still a shortfall, the Ministry of Health announced Sunday, December 29, 2030

Spokesperson Dr. Kamoto Mbewe made the announcement in Lusaka and urged all those who have been employed to start reporting for work immediately.

Dr. Mbewe said the recruitment exercise will continue and appealed to members of the public not to panic as government was doing everything to address the situation.

After firing of over 300 Nurses, University Teaching Hospital (UTH) and other provincial hospitals had to rely on student Nurses who have since gone on recess.

Deputy Minister of Community Development, Mother & Child Health Jean Kapata who is also a Member of the ruling Patriotic Front’s Central Committee on Friday announced in Kasama that her party was against the idea of reinstating fired Nurses. She said the Nurses could not be forgiven when their action caused loss of lives.

There has been calls from various stakeholders for government to reinstate the fired Nurses.

The Nurses went on strike demanding for an increase in their wages and conditions of service.

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