The Zambia Union of Nurses Organisation (ZUNO) has hailed the election of His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu as Zambia’s sixth president and has pledged to work with his new government in improving the country’s health sector.
In a congratulatory statement released in Lusaka, ZUNO president Thom Yung’ana said that his organisation was excited with Mr Lungu’s election and was looking forward to further discussing ways of how his organisation and the new government could work together.
“As nurses and midwives we are excited and we look forward to working with the new government. We hope that the new government shall work at meeting the allocation of 15 per cent of the annual national budget to the health sector in accordance with the Abuja declaration.
“We are appealing to the new president to reconsider unconditionally reinstating the health workers that were dismissed in 2013 instead of just reappointing them, and we are also appeal to him to reconsider lifting the wage freeze which has been among the issues that have brought demotivation in the health sector,” Mr Yung’ana said.
Mr Yungana said that his organisation was ready to work with the government of the day and to see to it that the government’s plans for the development of the health sector were attained.
He appealed to all Zambians and political parties in the country to maintain the peace and unity that the country is known for globally, and to work together for the development the country.