1 200 Nurses Seated Home: Govt

GOVERNMENT says there are about 1 200 registered nurses who are unemployed in the country.
By Kudakwashe Pembere
Ministry of Health and Child Care’s chief nursing officer Ms Cynthia Chasokela told the health parliamentary committee on Tuesday that about 17 000 nurses are employed in government, mission and local authority institutions.
“Within the ministry’s health service body, we have an establishment of close to 17 000 nurses and at the moment we filled all the ministry of health posts except maybe plus or minus five percent.
“As you know we must have recruited all the nurses on the streets but still today we know there are 1 200 nurses both general and primary care nurses seated at home,” she said.
She added that it was difficult to exact the number of employed nurses in the country for some of them are just keeping their names on the register while doing something else.
“Their names are appearing on the register because they maintain their names on the register. So its difficult to say how many nurses are employed. And we are talking of the public sector alone, the Ministry of Health,the missions and the local authorities. But avenues, Martyr Dei and other private institutions again from a day to day basis its very difficult to get their establishments. That information they don’t freely share,” she said.
Nurses Council of Zimbabwe Chairperson Dr Lillian Dodzo revealed there are over 26 000 registered nurses and midwives in the country.
“The register of general nurses that we have at nurses council, it has over 26 000 and out of those we have 7 141midwives.
“We channel out about 600 nurses from our nursing schools annually,” she said adding, “It’s very difficult to have correct statistics to say out of the 26 000, this number is in UK, or Australia because some of them they don’t even report that they moved to UK and we suspect they don’t want to continue paying at Nurses Council.”
She pleaded with the parliamentarians to armtwist government into unfreezing more posts for nurses to ensure that the nation achieves universal health coverage and primary health care.
“As nurses council of Zimbabwe it is difficult to comment on employment matters because that matter is for the Health Service Board. But definitely patients are affected by the nurses-patient ratio in the country. I was one of the head nurses working at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals before I was promoted to go into working at the Head Office,” said Dr Dodzo.
Dr Dodzo said Zimbabwe still needs to meet the recommended nurse to patient ratio.
“…of which I’m thinking if they continue unfreezing the posts then we will be able to meet that ratio. Definitely when we have a nurse patient ratio that is not appropriate, it affects the patient care,” she said.
She also said the nurse to patient ratio differs with several things.
“I wouldn’t want to talk about the current nurse-patient ratio because it differs with the institution, bed capacity and the number of patients coming to that institution and the services provided because Parirenyatwa is a specialist hospital we cannot compare to the district and provincial hospitals,” said the NCZ chair.
The NCZ chair also noted that the Zimbabwean scenario is one that fatigues the nurses.
“But I know at international level, it also depends with the institution, for ICU its 1:1 of which you cannot find that ratio in most of these hospitals. In a ward we would say 1:5 but you find that in most of these central hospitals its 1:30 patients,” said Dr Dodzo.

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