GOVT NOW HIR­ING MED­I­CAL PER­SON­NEL

….con­tro­ver­sial Cir­cu­lar No.3 of 2018 re­laxed to cater for Med­i­cal Spe­cial­ists, Med­i­cal Of­fi­cers, Nurses, Lab­o­ra­tory Tech­nol­o­gists, Ra­dio­g­ra­phers, phar­ma­cists and En­vi­ron­men­tal Health of­fi­cers

Observer on Saturday - - News - By Sisho Ma­gag­ula

Gov­ern­ment has since re­laxed the con­tro­ver­sial Cir­cu­lar No. 3 of 2018 which ef­fected the freez­ing of the pro­mo­tion and hir­ing of new em­ploy­ees into the civil ser­vice.

Now, gov­ern­ment wants to en­gage new em­ploy­ees in the min­istry of health. Through a press re­lease is­sued last night, the min­istry’s Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary, Dr Si­mon Zwane, said gov­ern­ment will re­cruit Med­i­cal Spe­cial­ists, Med­i­cal Of­fi­cers, Nurses, Lab­o­ra­tory Tech­nol­o­gists, Ra­dio­g­ra­phers, phar­ma­cists and En­vi­ron­men­tal Health of­fi­cers.

“Mem­bers of the pub­lic will re­call that gov­ern­ment, af­ter a care­ful anal­y­sis of the eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion, is­sued Cir­cu­lar No: 3, 2018. The main thrust of the cir­cu­lar was to freeze in the pub­lic ser­vice the re­cruit­ment, pro­mo­tion and re­place­ment of staff. This was meant to help ad­dress the ever es­ca­lat­ing wage bill. The Gov­ern­ment of Eswa­tini, fol­low­ing con­sul­ta­tions with health pro­fes­sion­als and the gen­eral pub­lic, has re­viewed some parts of the cir­cu­lar to al­low for re­cruit­ment of high pri­or­ity cadres to en­sure that health ser­vices are not dis­rupted or com­pro­mised. The pri­or­ity cadres in­clude: Med­i­cal Spe­cial­ists, Med­i­cal Of­fi­cers, Nurses, Lab­o­ra­tory Tech­nol­o­gists, Ra­dio­g­ra­phers, phar­ma­cists and En­vi­ron­men­tal Health of­fi­cers,” he said.

Dr Zwane, how­ever, men­tioned that due to lim­ited fi­nan­cial re­sources, the num­ber to be re­cruited is marginally be­low what was re­quested but ad­e­quate to help im­prove ser­vice de­liv­ery.

“The de­liv­ery of these ser­vices is very much de­pen­dent on the avail­abil­ity of a highly skilled health workforce. The Gov­ern­ment of Eswa­tini re­mains com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing qual­ity, ac­ces­si­ble, af­ford­able, cu­ra­tive, pre­ven­tive and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tive health ser­vices to the na­tion,” he said.

Mean­while, the Swazi­land Demo­cratic Nurses Union (SWADNU) said it was not pleased by the an­nounce­ment. SWADNU Pres­i­dent Bheki Mamba said the an­nounce­ment meant noth­ing to them as mem­bers of the med­i­cal fra­ter­nity.

“This means noth­ing to us. If any­thing, we feel gov­ern­ment should re­move the cir­cu­lar al­to­gether. The fact that cir­cu­lar is still in force means gov­ern­ment does not care about us and the en­tire na­tion that seeks med­i­cal ser­vices from the lo­cal health in­sti­tu­tions. The cir­cu­lar came into force af­ter gov­ern­ment’s claim that it had no money. Flex­ing the cir­cu­lar to­day ef­fec­tively means that gov­ern­ment now has money. If gov­ern­ment now has money, why not re­move the cir­cu­lar in its en­tirely?” won­dered Mamba.

He said the union would is­sue a de­tailed state­ment on the mat­ter in due course.

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