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
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.