Critical shortages as nurses shun Chipinge hospitals

Ellen Mlambo
CHIPINGE- Nurses are turning down deployments at Chipinge District Hospital, a situation that has seen the largest referral health center in the area operating with 25 vacancies.
Chipinge District hospital human resources officer Luke Marange told a Parliamentary Portfolio Thematic Committee on HIV and Aids on Wednesday last week that they are proposing that more local nurses be trained since outsiders were shunning Chipinge.
He told the Committee led by the Senator for Harare Morgan Femai that the situation is not just for Chipinge Hospital but for all clinics in the district. He said this following MDC-T deputy national chairman Senator Morgan Komichi’s enquiry of the hospital’s staff compliment.
Asked for reasons why nurses did not like Chipinge, Marange said it could be they have preferred working places.
Chipinge Hospital has 134 staff members.
The Committee said they should find out why nurses are turning down deployments in Chipinge.
“We have 25 vacancies here. A number of our nurses were deployed to new clinics that were opened and St Peters Mission Hospital where some of our nurses were seconded. Now our challenge is to bring nurses from outside to fill in the vacancies. We get names of nurses deployed here but when you call them they don’t come.
“We are proposing that it is better to have more locals being trained in nursing because it would not be difficult to have them coming back to work in their home area.
Recently we had seven nurses deployed at Mt Selinda and Chipinge hospitals, only three came and the remainder refused” said Marange.

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