News In Central Region (1220)
About 5000 skilled but unemployed nurses and midwives across the country have petitioned the ministry of health demanding permanent jobs.
Chairperson for the concerned health workers Peter Kabaghe told Zodiak Online that majority of them are being exploited.
“The country’s health system has a shortage of human resource and needs to be covered, but government is just exploiting us by giving us 40, 000 Kwacha for temporary employment” he said.
The group has since given government a 5th October ultimatum to permanently employ them.
“If it fails to give us permanent employment, we will withdraw our services from all the district hospitals and health centers,” he said.
Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Health Dr. Samson Mndolo finds the demands to employ all the 5000 health workers at once as unrealistic.
“The government is working on the matter, but the same cannot be done at once,” he stated.
Health rights activist Maziko Matemba has asked the authorities to find a long lasting solution on the matter.
“There must be a better way that the health workers have to be absorbed into the health system once they finish their education,” he said.
Some unemployed nurses through the National Organization of Nurses and Midwives in Malawi (NONM) tried to push for labour export deal, in a desperate move to find employment in other countries.
But government blocked the move stating that proper procedures were not followed, hinting that it (government) want to use proper channels (through government to government engagement).
In Malawi, unemployment statistics are hard to come by but a critical look at some data shows the country has a huge crisis at hand - a crisis that needs urgent attention.
The Ministry of Agriculture says it is yet to decide on farmer contribution of fertilizer and goats for this year’s Affordable Inputs Programme (AIP).
The Legal Affairs Committee of parliament on Thursday sent back an advocate, Denis Mahata of the Save Malawi Initiative from a meeting over failure to provide proper arguments on demands to amend some clauses in the constitution.
President Lazarus Chakwera has said an estimated 35 percent of children under the age of five in Malawi are facing extreme hunger or starvation.
The Ministry of Tourism on Thursday closed down Sogecoa Golden Peacock Hotel in Lilongwe for alleged poor sanitation in kitchens and washrooms.
For the first time in Malawi, the Malawi Tourism Council is set to recognise individuals, places and agencies that strive to bring change in travel tourism, hospitality, aviation and related industries.