Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya has directed the Ministry of Health to immediately recruit all nurses, midwives and Clinical Officers who have graduated today and in the recent past.
Dr Chilufya issued the directive when he officiated at the second combined graduation ceremony of 800 Clinical Officers, Nurses and Midwives from different health institutions in Lusaka today.
ZANIS reports the Minister disclosed that, the country’s health sector is in need of 17,000 health personnel, but that only 11,000 are employed leaving a deficit of 6,000 health workers.
Dr Chilufya, who is also Mansa Central Member of Parliament, stated that government will strengthen and modernise the health care system and develop human capital at all levels especially in rural areas in its quest to improve provision of quality health care services in the country.
And General Nursing Council of Zambia (GNC) registrar, Beatrice Zulu thanked government for the support it renders to the nursing and midwifery profession.
Ms Zulu also urged the graduates to uphold and protect the Nursing and Midwifery’s ethics and code of conduct as they serve patients.
More than 800 students among them Clinical Officers, Nurses and Midwives from different Health training schools graduated at a colourful ceremony held at Mulungushi International Conference Centre today.
Clinical Officers, Nurses and Midwives constitute the largest workforce of health workers in the ministry of Health.