The government has commenced releasing about 532 diplomas for registered General Nurses and 529 certificates for Primary Care Nurses who were trained Ñ•Ñ–nÑÐµ 2009, but were jobless due to the limited absorption capacity within the public health sector.
In 2007, the government introduced a concept that saw all nurses that had undergone training in government institutions being bonded for a period equal to the student nurse’s training period.
However two years later, the government froze all nursesâ€™ posts in its health institutions because of budgetary constraints, which resulted in a number of qualified nurses failing to secure employment in state run institutions.
The Deputy Minister of Health and Child Welfare, Dr Douglas Mombeshora said the bonding system was introduced as a way of retaining qualified nurses who were leaving the country in search of the so called greener pastures , but after taking into consideration that the Ministry of Finance was unable to increase staff establishments in government institutions, it was no longer necessary to withhold their certificates.
Last year, the Ministry of Finance gave the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare the green light to unfreeze 594 nursing posts, after training 1 044 nurses Ð°ÑrÎ¿Ñ•Ñ• Ñ–tÑ• training institutions.
Nurses who graduated in December last year have until March to secure employment and if they fail to do so are free to collect their certificates and look for jobs elsewhere.
Despite the government freeze on all vacant posts in the public service, some health institutions especially those in rural areas have no nurses and other health personnel like midwives and laboratory technicians and some rural clinics are being run by nurse aides.