Nurses re­cruit­ment starts

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Than­deka Moyo

GOV­ERN­MENT has fi­nally started recruiting 2 000 nurses in a move that will re­duce the num­ber of qual­i­fied nurses who do not have jobs in the coun­try by half.

In a state­ment yes­ter­day, the Health Ser­vices Board (HSB) said nurses would be re­cruited in three batches, this month, in July and in Septem­ber this year.

The HSB said nurses seek­ing em­ploy­ment must be reg­is­tered with the Nurses Coun­cil of Zim­babwe.

The re­cruit­ment of nurses fol­lows Trea­sury’s ap­proval to lift a job freeze in the health sec­tor.

“The Health Ser­vices Board as the em­ployer of Pub­lic Health Work­ers has be­gun de­ploy­ing Reg­is­tered Gen­eral Nurses within the Health Sec­tor. The de­ploy­ment will be in three phases, with the first group on nurses as­sum­ing duty in April, the sec­ond on July 1 and the fi­nal in Septem­ber this year.

“The board in line with its man­date to ap­point per­sons to of­fices, posts and grades in health ser­vices de­ploys nurses ac­cord­ing to the years they com­pleted train­ing, with those who grad­u­ated ear­lier be­ing de­ployed first. In de­ploy­ment, ef­forts are made to de­ploy nurses ac­cord­ing to their pre­ferred prov­inces. Nurses seek­ing em­ploy­ment should be duly reg­is­tered with the Nurses Coun­cil of Zim­babwe.”

The HSB warned nurses against en­ter­tain­ing bo­gus re­cruit­ment agen­cies. “We there­fore would like to ad­vise the pub­lic that the Board and the Min­istry re­main the sole recruiting au­thor­i­ties for pub­lic health work­ers at no fee. Prospec­tive health work­ers should there­fore not pay to be em­ployed in the Pub­lic Health Sec­tor,” reads the state­ment.

“Fur­ther­more, the board would like to ad­vise mem­bers of the pub­lic that it does not make com­mu­ni­ca­tion through so­cial me­dia plat­forms.”

Last month, Zim­babwe Nurses’ As­so­ci­a­tion sec­re­tary gen­eral Mr Enoch Dongo said the coun­try has a short­fall of 8 500 nurses. — @thamamoe

A Po­lice Ca­nine Unit dog lights up ring hur­dles dur­ing a drill at the In­de­pen­dence cel­e­bra­tions at White City Sta­dium in Bu­l­awayo on Tues­day. (Pic­ture by Eliah Saushoma)

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