Government has put in place a thorough selection process for nurses employment that will see nurses who graduated earlier being recruited first after government gave the Health Services Board (HSB) the nod to recruit 2000 nurses.
In February this year, Treasury gave the Ministry of Health and Child Care the green light to employ 2000 nurses, a situation that gave hope to the over 4000 jobless nurses some of whom have been job hunting since 2011.
Addressing delegates at the International Nurses’ Day celebrations held this Friday (today) in Bulawayo, the Minister of Health and Child Care Dr David Parirenyatwa challenged the HSB to ensure that the recruitment is done on merit.
“We were given this space to employ 2000 jobs. This still falls short of around 8000 vacancies that need to be filled countrywide. To HSB, there is the job, what i don’t want to hear is that a nurse who graduated last year gets preference over someone who graduated in 2011. Surely we don’t want that kind of corruption, ”said Dr Parirenyatwa.
Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZINA) president, Mr Simangaliso Mafa said it is time government appreciates the work done by nurses by awarding them top positions in the ministry.
“If you look at it closely, we constitute the biggest chunk of health professionals. What have we done to be looked down upon?. We are saying the government should consider us at least for the principal director’s position,” Mr Mafa said.
This year’s International Day for Nurses’ celebrations are being held under the theme, “Nurses: A Voice to Lead-Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals”.