CWGH Warns Gvt Over Firing Nurses…Urges Parties To Engage In Dialogue

THE Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) has called on government to engage in talks with bodies representing Nursing staff before proceeding with the drastic action of terminating their employment. HealthTimes Reporter In a statement in response to Vice President, retired General Constantine Chiwenga statement which announced the termination of employment for more thousands of nurses who participated in the industrial action, CWGH Executive director Itai Rusike said dialogue was the only way forward under the current situation. “The dismissal of the nurses, which was surprisingly endorsed by the highest…

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Chiwenga’s Decision Illegal and Dangerous- ZADHR/ZLHR

THE decision by Vice President, Retired General Constantine Chiwenga to fire all striking nurses is not only irresponsible but dangerous to Zimbabwe’s health sector, top human health right organisations have said. By Michael Gwarisa In a joint Press statement by the Zimbabwe Association for Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) and the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR),they condemned the recent action taken by VP Chiwenga saying it will have a negative bearing on the welfare of people who have now been left at the mercy of inexperienced nurses and spent…

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Fired nurses threaten to drag dismissal issue to High Court

DISGRUNTLED  fired nurses have vowed to take the dismissal directive for their job action to High Court. This follows the announcement made by Vice President General Constantine Chiwenga (Retired) that all nurses that partook in the industrial action were fired immediately. By Kudakwashe Pembere In a statement, the Zimbabwe Nurses Association said they had engaged the Health Services Board for it not to entertain the firing of nurses. “We have engaged the Health Services Board to confirm that it will not implement the directive issued by issued by the Vice…

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#BREAKING: Recruitment Of Nurses Begins

THE Minister of health and child care has ordered  Chief Executive Officers for all health institutions to hire new nurses to fill gaps left by the fired striking nurses. In a statement, acting health secretary, Mr R Kaseke said the gaps left by the axed nurses had to be filled as soon as possible. “Reference is made to the Press Statement by Vice President Retired General Constatine Chiwenga on April 17, 2018, a copy is attached for ease of reference. “You are requested to recruit nurses to cover the gaps…

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Gvt Fires Striking Nurses…inexperienced nurses to fill up posts

VICE President, retired General Constantine Chiwenga yesterday announced the extermination of employment for all nursing staff who took part in strike which started over the weekend. By Michael Gwarisa According to Gen Chiwenga, the decision was arrived after a series of meeting involving government, the health services board and the Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZINA) which were meant to resolve the industrial action by nursing staff in the public sector. “Government regrets to note that the industrial action in this essential services sector has persisted. What makes the whole action both…

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#BREAKING: Patients Beat Up Striking Nurses

NURSES at Chitungwiza central Hospital received a beating from angry patients and their relatives this morning (16/04/2018) after they had refused to attend to the sick citing the the ongoing industrial action as a reason. HealthTimes Correspondent Nurses downed tools in the early hours of Sunday morning after government had failed honor their demands which include bettering their  living standards and increasing their salaries. A tour at Chitungwiza central and the country’s two major hospitals indicates that nurses were not determined to resume work and the situation could worsen especially…

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Kadoma and Chinhoyi Hospitals Nurses join strike

Nurses at Kadoma General Hospital have hung their boots as part of the on-going nurses’ nationwide strike demanding better pay and working conditions. By Kudakwashe Pembere In an interview with a source on the ground, general nurses said general nurses did not report for duty. “Visited Kadoma Gen Hospital and no General Nurses are on duty, only Ward Managers are on duty,” said the source. The source added that “patients have been discharged.” Chinhoyi Provincial Hospital also closed its doors with patients being turned away. “Chinhoyi Provincial Hospital shutting down…

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Nurses Strike On

Barely a month after doctors resumed work from a month-long industrial action, nurses have downed tools citing poor remuneration and working conditions. By Kudakwashe Pembere They had appeared appeased by the March 30, 2018 collective bargaining agreement negotiated through the Health Service Biparte negotiation panel. This comes as their 14-day notice for strike has expired. In a statement directed to Health and Childcare minister Dr David Parirenyatwa, his permanent Secretary Rtd General Gerald Gwinji and the Health Services Board Chairperson Dr Lovemore Mbengeranwa, the Zimbabwe Nurses Association said Government sidelined…

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Government Launches Healthy Ageing Strategy

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) in partnership with the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare (MoLSW) and partners, has launched the National  Healthy Ageing strategic document which will focus on addressing health needs of the elderly populace in Zimbabwe. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview on the sidelines of the World Health Day celebrations at the World Health Organisation (WHO) Headquarters in Harare, Director Preventive services in the ministry of health and child care (MoHCC), Dr Gilbson Mhlanga said the new health strategy seeks to integrate health…

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Africaid Trains 104 CATS On HIV Self Testing

ZIMBABWE’S community based  organisation, Africaid, in collaboration with Population Services International (PSI) and the ministry of health and child care (MoHCC), this week trained at least 104 Community Adolescent Treatment Supporters (CATS) on the use and appreciation of HIV self testing kits in Manicaland province. HealthTimes Correspondant Through their Facebook page, Africaid said they were working with partners to take HIV self testing to the grassroots and through index case finding. “This week, we’re training 104 Community Adolescent Treatment Supporters in Manicaland Province together with Ministry of Health and Child…

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