Health extension workers want to take government to court

26 Sep 2019 13:50pm
WINDHOEK, 26 SEP (NAMPA) – Health extension workers trained by the Ministry of Health and Social Services in 2016 say they plan to take the ministry to court over its failure to employ them.
The 647 health extension workers were trained over six months and say they have been waiting to be appointed since 2016. The health ministry last year said they cannot employ the health extension workers due to budgetary constraints, but the group has been insisting that the ministry should make a plan to employ them because they have families to care for.
The group’s spokesperson, Willem Kayongo told Nampa they feel the government, especially the Ministry of Health, does not care about them. He said they are tired of hearing that the government is experiencing financial difficulties.
“We have seen the government donating millions of dollars in goods to Mozambique and recently advertising police and correctional service vacancies and spending millions left and right,” he said.
Approached for comment on the group’s plans to take them to court, the Executive Director in the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Ben Nangombe said the health workers have been given reasons why they cannot be employed at this stage.
“Let them use their rights, we will give facts. There was no contract signed,” Nangombe said.
Health extension workers receive six months of training in basic health care and are then expected to provide basic services, bridging the gap between the rural communities and urban health facilities and, amongst others, helping to reduce child mortality in the regions.