Unemployed nurses rush for mass recruitment

DESPERATE retired and unemployed graduate nurses yesterday thronged various public hospitals throughout the country to register for recruitment after the government this week fired all striking nurses following a deadlock in salary negotiations.


Bulawayo’s Mpilo Central Hospital clinical director Solwayo Ngwenya said the recruitment exercise was progressing well.

“Recruitment to fill the gap of about 150 to 200 nurses who were discharged from their duties has started and unemployed nurses are rushing to register. Tomorrow (today) we will be taking experienced nurses and midwives from the retired ones,” he said.

This came as the situation at most public hospitals remained dire, with skeleton staff which comprised student nurses and medical staff seconded by the military attending only critical cases with most patients being turned away.

At Harare and Parirenyatwa hospitals, some critical departments such as paediatric casualty and intensive care units were closed.

Rusape district medical officer Tendai Lincon Nyafesa said the nurse aides and general hands were getting overwhelmed and showing signs of fatigue.

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Zimbabwe Nurses’ Association (Zina) president Simangaliso Mafa insisted that the nurses would continue on strike until the government has addressed their grievances.

“There are no changes from the previous update,” he said.

Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) chairperson Elasto Mugwadi said the commission had dispatched its officers to various hospital to assess the impact of the strike.

“We have got officers who have been on the ground and we should be issuing a statement tomorrow (today). We are also attempting to engage government,” he said.

But the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) has distanced itself from the ongoing nurses’ strike.

“We acknoledge nurses as colleagues, but we have no business meddling in their issues with the employer. They have a different association which knows their welfare better than us. Having said that, any statements suggesting that ZHDA is involved in the current strike are entirely false, and any party saying otherwise is saying so in their own capacity independent of Zimbabwean doctors,” ZHDA the said in a statement.

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  1. This is so sad. In my experience I have learnt never to listen sheepishly to these Unions or so-called Workers’ Committee Chairman because they always give you a false sense of security or invincibility until its too late. So the next phase now is that they will start lying that they are appealing vanhu votanga futi kudyirwa ma terminal benefits.

  2. Anodyiwa sei ma terminal benefits iwe

    1. Asi hauna kumboita ma labour issue, as the aggrieved you will be asked to pay money towards the appeal process especially for lawyers and arbitrators. I have witnessed this believe me zvinosiririsa coz they will milk you dry promising you kuti uchahwina case.

  3. It is seriously a sad story. Instead of boosting the health sector by building new clinics and hospitals as well as expanding already existing facilities to create jobs for graduate nurses the military government’s solution is to fire & hire. Mugabe must be laughing sitting in his blue roof mansion,”kkkkkkkk”, uncle Bob vari kutoti “ko zvatakangofana wani pakuparadza kwacho nyika”.

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