Health suspends contracts of foreign staff and Namibians of 60 years

27 Sep 2017 13:10pm
RUNDU, 27 SEP (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Health and Social Services has decided to suspend all appointments, extensions of contracts of non-Namibians and Namibian nurses who have reached the age of 60.
This directive is contained in a circular seen by Nampa sent from the office of the Permanent Secretary (PS), Dr Andreas Mwoombola on 18 August 2017.
The ministry’s Public Relations Officer, Manga Libita on Wednesday confirmed that the PS issued such a circular.
It was addressed to all national and regional directors, and medical superintendents of hospitals, human resource practitioners and officials in charge of State hospitals and/or health centres.
“This circular serves to inform your good offices that the fourth year students at the ministry’s Registered Nurse Diploma Project will graduate at the end of August 2017,” reads the notice.
It explains that the ministry’s current staff establishment does not have sufficient numbers of vacant posts in which to accommodate the graduates.
The circular further says that due to the current financial situation faced by the ministry and Government, certain adjustments and control measures have to be put in place in order to accommodate the graduates.
It reads that all directorates, regions and hospitals and offices should not renew contracts that have expired as from 01 September until all Namibian graduates are accommodated; and that all extensions of contracts for medical officers should only be extended for a period of two years instead of four years.
These measures exclude specialised nurses in certain domains such as psychiatry nursing, advanced midwifery and paediatric nursing.
Nurses at Rundu State Hospital who opted to remain anonymous to avoid being victimised, on Tuesday questioned how these graduates would satisfy the shortage of nurses in hospitals and health centres in the regions.
They attributed the high outstanding overtime payments for nurses to the staff shortage, saying Government would not have to pay high overtime rates if there were no staff shortages.
“You cannot have a high rate of overtime if you have enough staff. People are already overworked,” they told Nampa on Monday.