Western Province Nurses and midwives join the strike

Lewanika School of Midwifery

Nurses and midwives have continued to down tools across the country with the least being Lewanika General Hospital in Mongu, Western Province.

The Health workers who joined the strike to protest the alleged low salary increment awarded by Government down tools last evening leaving patients stranded.
A check by Lusaka Voice this morning found nurses and midwives loitering in uniforms around the hospital.
Efforts to get a comment from Provincial Zambia Union of Nurses Organisation (ZUNO) proved futile as they were in closed a door meeting to resolve the impasse. .
Meanwhile, an aggrieved Mongu resident has condemned striking health works in the country for what he termed as selfishness and lack of understanding by nurses and midwives.
Kenneth Mubita whose sick son could not be attended to due to the strike said health works are supposed to have a heart for patients as oppose to them openly putting money first.
Mr. Mubita said it was ridiculous for health workers to strike in demand for more money because the PF government recently increased their salaries.
He wondered why health workers were exhibiting such selfishness saying other civil servants did not strike when their (health workers) salaries were raised.