via Nurses’ posts to be unfrozen soon-Parirenyatwa | The Zimbabwean 01 August 2014
President Robert Mugabe has ordered the cash-strapped government to lift a ban on the recruitment of thousands of nurses and other health workers into the civil service, a top official has revealed.
Speaking at Gweru General Hospital at an event to commission an outpatient ward constructed by South Africa based Impala Mines through its local subsidiary Unki Mine yesterday, Health and Child Care Minister David Parirenyatwa said the unfreezing of posts for nurses is “with immediate effect” since it has been pronounced by Mugabe himself.
“When the President himself has said it, who are we to reject the decision? We need to go on and advertise for the posts. The freeze has been lifted,” said the minister.
The freezing of posts for the health care workers was implemented by the state when the country adopted the multi-currency regime in 2009 after it was realised that government could not sustain the wage bill of about 160, 000 civil servants due to poorly performing economy.
Government is, however, struggling to pay its workers on definite dates, and Mugabe’s decision to unfreeze posts might worsen the situation.
The president recently claimed the economy was performing well, despite indicators of a crisis on the ground.
“We have been noticing a lot of vacancies for nurses who should be helping save lives so we are actually happy that President Mugabe has seen it necessary to unfreeze posts for the nurses. It will go a long way in improving service delivery,” said Parirenyatwa.
He also highlighted that about 1, 200 nurses have been on the waiting list looking for the jobs.