According to the Coalition, the nurses are bonded by government to serve the country after completion of their studies. “We are embarking on a demonstration because government is obliged to recruit us immediately after we complete our service. We have served successfully.
In August 2015 we finished our service. Per the bond terms, immediately you complete, government is to recruit you.
That has not been done and we see that it is a violation of our rights and so we believe that we have to fight for that,” they said at a press conference on Wednesday.
However, the Ministry of Health has delayed the processes involved in getting them cleared and posted to the various health facilities for the past eight months.
Addressing a news conference, the President of the coalition, Adam Masahudu, said they wanted to practice as staff nurses and would not compromise by accepting government’s offer to enroll them on YEA.
According to him, “We are trained as registered general nurses, midwives and not youth employment nurses. We are not going to the youth employment thing that they are talking of. We are even not qualified to go for that… We want to get to our various hospitals to practice as staff nurses. Nothing less, nothing more.”
The coalition remained adamant that all members be given financial clearance and immediate posting to hospitals after the clearance.
“We want an immediate financial clearance to be released indicating the name, year of completion and also school of completion. All members must be given financial clearance, not that you give in batches. All of us want it at a go. We are also requesting for immediate posting of all members not only the financial clearance. Immediately it is in, immediately we should be given our posting.”