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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Health Minister confirms that Doctors have not been paid their allowances

Health Health Minister confirms that Doctors have not been paid their allowances

MINISTER of Health Dr. Joseph Kasonde gives his speech during the Zambia and Zimbabwe (ZamZim) joint World malaria day commemoration at Mukuni Park in Livingstone
MINISTER of Health Dr. Joseph Kasonde

Health Minister Joseph Kasonde has clarified that delays in paying Doctors their allowances is due to limited funds.

In a statement issued by Ministry Spokesman Reuben Kamoto Mbewe, Dr Kasonde has since directed Health Permanent Secretary Davy Chikamata to engage the Resident Doctors Association to clarify the delays.

This was after the Resident Doctors Association wrote a letter to the Ministry dated 31st August 2015 complaining over delayed payment of allowances.

Dr Kasonde has also instructed Dr Chikamata to ensure that the concerned doctors are up dated on what the Ministry was doing to facilitate the release of additional funds to address issues of outstanding personal emoluments for health workers.

The Health Minister has also directed Dr Chikamata to negotiate with the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Finance to facilitate the release of additional funds to address the issue of outstanding personal emoluments for health workers.

Dr Kasonde said the Ministry is confident that with the support of the Ministry of Finance, the release of funds will be forthcoming.

He said the Ministry of Health welcomes dialogue with health workers on matters affecting them.

12 COMMENTS

    • Dr Kasonde at 80 is too old to be Minister. Let Dr.Chilufya be the Minister. Anyway, the buck stops at Edgar, as long as he can access medical care , he cares less about health services in the country. Just go to any clinic in Lusaka and see how are people are suffering

    • Are there no positive results from the management of this country’s affairs by our government? Owing everybody money is hardly a good indicator of financial prudence. This trend should start to alarm the shareholders of Zambia and get them thinking as to whether the managers they have employed to manage their affairs are up to the task. That is the logical thing to do; it is no politics, it is business.

    • @Obatala Jemasoni Lungu Shedding
      Yes he is but he 2 years young than fossil Chikwanda…the mistake we make is putting all these doctors in this positions of management…let them do what they were trained for we need them in hospitals!!

  1. We never learn. Until these dedicated sons and daughters of the nation down their tools everyone concerned will just be playing dodge and catch. Then we will begin to condemn them for something we should have prevented in the first place. Stop flying around for nothing and use that cash to pay our doctors, lecturers and other service men and women!

  2. Very good PF! They were the ones dancing to donchi kubeba so they are having a concoction of a bit of their medicne!!
    You were the ones shouting Fintu ni Lungu and put Lungu in state house so what PF Govt in power so that is what you were voting for – next month they wont even get their salaries until after 6 months – capwa!!

  3. And yet some empty tin was issuing statements about increasing salaries for civil servants next year when they dont even have funds to pay allowances to our hard-working doctors…we do not hear of those useless MPs in Parliament not being paid for doing absolutely nothing.

    The lazy bum in State House needs to hold a press conference!!

  4. “Health Minister Joseph Kasonde has clarified that delays in paying Doctors their allowances is due to limited funds”.

    “In a statement issued by Ministry Spokesman Reuben Kamoto Mbewe, Dr Kasonde has since directed Health Permanent Secretary Davy Chikamata to engage the Resident Doctors Association to clarify the delays.”.

    If one needs to know why we are not developing, there is your answer. It requires the minister, permanent secretary and the ministry spokesman to clarify to doctors why payment is delayed. So what really has the minister clarified if he still directs the permanent secretary to clarify.
    And the spokesman issued a statement to the nation that clarification given by the minister will be clarified by the permanent secretary.
    You just have to marvel sometimes

  5. Wait wait wait is this the same country that just bought over a 100 new vehicles for DC’s, also bwana minister while you are at it how about an update on the US$42 MILLION unpaid bill for medical supplies.

  6. Everything is delusional when a Chakolwa is running the nation. Busy running away from real national issues and hiding in expensive hotels abroad. One day, it’s Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique etc. He has no vision and no leadership skills. Now Jameson is in trouble. PF seriously kick yourselves out of politics and let the door slam your behind. You’re all dull and hire more dull people and the reason where in such a mess.

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