There is growing frustration among newly recruited nurses in the country due to delays by the government to put them on the payroll.
On President Edgar Lungu’s directive, the Ministry of Health four months ago employed 3,000 nurses who have been deployed countrywide.
However, four months since their deployment, the nurses have not been put on the payroll resulting in some of the leaving their work stations.
Information gathered has also revealed that some nurses have been advised by their supervisors to go back home and report back for work when they are put on the payroll.
And some nurses talked to have lamented that life has been difficult the last four months as they cannot but themselves food.
“We are now depending on our parents and Guardians for survival despite being employed, this is unfair. We are now employed and we should be the ones taking care of our parents”, the lamented.
But Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Administration Dr Kennedy Malama has assured that the nurses will soon be put on the payroll.
Dr Malama said negotiations have advanced between the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Finance over the matter.
He acknowledged the difficulties nurses are facing and commended them for their commitment to work and patience despite delays to put them on the payroll.