Unemployed health workers demand jobs

health workers strike

Nurses and midwives, doctors and clinicians in Mzuzu on Friday joined others across the country by staging peaceful demonstartions demanding formal employement from governmnet.

The health workers started the protests from Mzuzu Central Hospital to Mzuzu City Council (MCC) where they presented the petition and threatened to hold vigils from December 2 to 9 2019 in state residences if their concerns are not addresed.

The petition dated November 29, 2019 has been addresed to state president, speaker of national assembly, Malawi Human Rights Commission and other state and non-state actors.

Speaking after delivering the petition, a representative of the health workers in the Northern Region, Emmanuel Banda, says they are worried that health care services are deteriorating due to shortage of medical personnel.

“For some time now we have been pushing for our formal employment and we hope the government will listen to us this time around. We are ready to help in the health delivery of services,” said Banda.

In March this year nurses and midwives also presented a petition to the government in which they among others demanded revision of locum to at least K10,000 per day and K15, 000 per night.

Government is yet to employ over 3, 000 nurses and midwives, clinicians and junior qualified doctors across the country.