STARTING next year, Government will decentralize the electronic recruitment of nurses to the provinces, Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said on Friday.
By Kudakwashe Pembere
Speaking on the sidelines of the Harare Central Hospital Nurses Graduation, Dr Moyo said this enables them to directly recruit nurses while reducing the workload on the national head office.
What happens when we are enrolling, we have to make sure we are enrolling the correct candidates. We have to make sure that those candidates don’t just come into the system through corrupt means and that is what has been happening before until we introduced the e-nursing recruitment platform on a nationwide basis and being controlled from head office.
“The amount of corruption that was taking place in the provinces was just too much. People were just paying money to be able to get a place,” he said.
He added that they are planning to have this program rolled out to provinces next year.
“As for next year for the next intake, this will be done in each and every province. In an electronic format so that we will be able to select the candidates directly from the province. They are the ones who will be able to take part in that particular assessment or recruitment within that province,” said Dr Moyo.
Upbeat about the e-nurses platform, he said the E-recruitment platform had dealt a major blow to corrupt tendencies and those who used to benefit from the once weak system.
“The people who complained about the system did so because they were used to the old systems where they were corrupt, receiving money up to USD2000 per person which was too much. So now that they are failing to access the ZW$2000 they want to condemn the system. The system is perfect,” Dr Moyo said.
The e-recruitment of nurses started on a turbulent note that was later rectified where those who wanted places to be trained in nursing faced challenges in paying or fully accessing the platform.