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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Deaf Zim Rolls Out Nationwide Sign Language Training For Nurses

DEAF Zimbabwe Trust (DZT) says the just ended training whereby 35 nurses from Harare City council clinics received sign language training, was the beginning of a nationwide project which would bridge the communication gap between deaf people and health care workers. By Michael Gwarisa In an Interview with HealthTimes, Deaf Zimbabwe Executive Director Barbra Nyangairi said deaf people were having numerous challenges in accessing basic health care services, hence the need for capacity building and training of health care personal. “The training was motivated by the need to increase access…

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Early Christmas For Nurses…As Gvt Deposits Thousands In Their Accounts

GOVERNMENT this morning deposited amounts ranging from $2000 up to $7000 in various nurses accounts as backdated payments to the $5 million owed to nurses in unpaid salaries and allowances. By MichaelGwarisa The payments were distributed according to category and in accordance with the time one has served and is owed by government. Nurses who spoke to HealthTimes confirmed the development but however lamented the unfair distribution of the monies between experienced and Primary Care Nurses (PCNs) whom they believe should have gotten less in the windfall. “It is true,…

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Situation returns to normal at Hospitals…As Gvt Reengages Fired Nurses

THE situation at most public hospitals has returned to normal following the resumption of work by nursing staff who had downed their tools, a health official has said. Michael Gwarisa The industrial action which  saw not less than 5 974 nurses downing tools ended on April 22, 2018 following re-engagement  of retired nursing staff below the age 70 as well as unemployed nurses Addressing Journalists, health and child care  minister, Dr David Parirenyatwa said the situation had improved owing to engagement between government and organisations representing nurses in the country.…

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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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