#CORONAVIRUS: Zim Doctors & Nurses Down Tools Amid COVID-19 Crisis

ZIMBABWEAN nurses and junior doctors have forthwith withdrawn their services feeling their demands have not been met as the country battles with the global pandemic, Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). By Kuda Pembere Being the health workers who spend most of the time with the patients, nurses are demanding protective personal equipment(PPE) , a COVID-19 risk allowance as well as water supplies at places of work. Following our letter that was presented to our employer 48 hours ago, informing them to urgently attend to our demands as frontline workers, it seems our…

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#BREAKING: Higher Life Foundation Responds To Nurses

LOBBYING for salaries from Higher Life Foundation (HLF), Strive Masiyiwa’s humanitarian organisation says they are currently seized with “assisting significantly in transportation of nurses.” By Kudakwashe Pembere This response comes as Zimbabwe Nurses Association president Mr Enock Dongo called on HLF to intervene with salaries as done with the doctors. Speaking to HealthTimes, HLF CEO Dr Kennedy Mubaiwa said they are working on roping in Vaya transportation for nurses at Chitungwiza Central Hospital. “So with the nurses what we’ve done which probably people are not aware of is that of…

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Gvt Announces Nurses Interview Dates

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care  announced the interview dates for the January 2020 Intake for all shortlisted candidates. Interviews will be conducted on 2 and 3 January 2020 at two interview centers which are Parirenyatwa Adlam House and United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) School of Nursing. Time: 0730 hours Invited candidates to bring the following: • Original O-level and A-level certificates (no result slips,) • Birth certificate, • Identification card • Marriage certificate where applicable. Please note: 1. Candidates shortlisted for interviews at Parirenyatwa Adlam House are for Harare…

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Health Workers Reject Salary Increase

THE Zimbabwe Health Apex Council has rejected the 60% cost of living adjustment which has been tabled by the Health Services Bipartite Negotiating panel. By Michael Gwarisa In a circular, the Health Apex council said  in as much as they appreciate government’s decision to adjust their salaries by 60% from the previous 10%, it still falls short from addressing the myriad of challenges bedeviling health professionals on a daily basis. Health Services negotiating panel Government has put on the table a  cost of living adjustment of 60% from the previous…

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Nurses Down Tools…As Ultimatum Expires

NURSES from all public health institutions have gone on a one week long industrial action, healthtimes has learnt. By Michael Gwarisa In a letter directed to the Health Services Board apex Council, the Zimbabwe  Nurses Association (ZNA) said the 14 day altimutim they had given the authorities to resolve their griviances had lasped, hence the strike. “It was noted in the aforementioned meeting that whilst there had been some attempts to address minor grivances, the most important grievances relating to remuneration of Health workers vis-a-vis the current economic climate have…

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Nursing Now Zimbabwe Project Launched

ZIMBABWE has launched the Nursing Now Zimbabwe, a global program aimed at raising the status and profile of nursing worldwide in efforts to attain Universal Health Coverage (UHC) through motivating and healthcare workers . By Michael Gwarisa The Nursing Now Zimbabwe seeks to be a platform to increase the visibility of nursing and midwifery through recognising and celebrating the role nurses and midwives play in contributing to health within our society particularly in Primary Health Care. Speaking at the launch of the program, Health and Child Care minister, Dr Obadiah…

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“Our Salaries Are Now Useless”- Zim Nurses

THE prevailing economic crisis has not spared the health sector employees whose living standards continue to deteriorate despite a salary increase of between 25% and 29% for all civil servants which was effected two months ago. By Michael Gwarisa Government proposed the increment as part of a $400 million cost of living adjustment for all civil servants following a series of industrial actions from government employees which include nurses and doctors. Speaking during the launch of the Nurses Now Zimbabwe program in Harare, Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZINA) president, Mr Enoch…

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Zim Nursing and Midwifery Summit On Next Week

ZIMBABWE is set to host a Nursing and Midwifery Summit in the capital, Harare on May 6, 2019 at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC). HealthTimes Reporter The summit is set to attract delegates from the nursing fraternity, the ministry of health and child care as well as well as players from the health sector. Speaking to HealthTimes, Nursing Now Zimbabwe national coordinator, Munashe Nyika,  said the Nursing, Midwifery and UHC Summit is an initiative being organised as part of a program called Nursing Now. Nursing Now is a global…

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Doctors, Nurses To Work 3 Days A Week

GOVERNMENT has issued a directive which will see working hours for health workers reduced to only three days a week. HealthTimes Reporter In a letter addressed to public health sector administrative leaders by the Acting permanent secretary of health,  Dr Gibson Mhlanga he asked that an interim measure to reduced working hours for all health workers should be put in place. According to the letter, doctors and nurses, are now only required to report for duty three days in a week to cushion them form the prevailing transport woes. The…

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#JUSTIN: Gvt Suspends Student Nurses Recruitment For 2019

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) has suspended recruitment of student nurses from May 2019 and beyond, HealthTimes has learnt. By Michael Gwarisa Although we are yet to establish the reasons behind the move, a letter penned by the Secretary for Health, Major General, Dr Gerald Gwinji to all provincial Medical officers, chief executive officers, medical superintendents  and schools of nursing confirms the development. “With regards to the above, please be informed that the recruitment of student nurses from May 2019 and beyond has been suspended. “You should…

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