By Peter Mseteka
Minister of Health and Population, Jappie Mhango has urged newly graduated nurses to be resilient and hardworking in their work.
He made the call on Friday at St Peters Cathedral Square during graduation of 116 nurses in midwifery, from St John’s Institute for Health graduated with diplomas.
Mhango observed that most graduates in different colleges prefer working in urban areas thereby denying people in rural areas better health care.
“I want to remind all graduating students today that, you are not going to choose where to work, you are going to work in the remotest area of the country.”
“Government is doing all it can to see that all graduating nurses are employed, K 2 billion has been allocated in the health ministry making it 13 per cent increment to the previous year budget.
“By the end of this year, government will recruit all graduated nurses to start working in various hospitals in the country,” Mhango said.
He advised the nurses to value observes laws and ethics guiding their profession saying government would act accordingly on those on the wrong.
Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM), Training Manager, Pachalo Matchele hailed government and donor partners for support through scholarships and funding to CHAM Secretariat.
He asked government to provide employment opportunity to the graduates to reduce vacancy ratein the industry.
Matchele requested the graduating students to go out and save patients with passion, empathy, commitment, care and respect.
“My plea to government and development partners to continue supporting the institution in order to increase intake and number of courses that are practiced in other institutions to meet the growing demand for health workers in the country,” he added.
St John’s Institute for Health Principal, Charles Simeza, asked government to consider scholarships for diploma students and fees loans for CHAM college students.
Over 60 per cent of the nurses in the country are trained by CHAM Colleges.
The theme of the graduation was “Getting back to basics: Redefining Nursing and Midwifery.