Our nurses work very hard in extremely tough conditions and for that we must thank them from the bottom of our heart. After all, it is not their fault that there are inadequate beds for patients, or that medicine is in short supply and often too expensive for the majority of people, says UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema.
Commenting on International Nurses Day which is observed today, Hichilema said ‘our nurses are over-worked and if there are long queues for treatment in hospitals, this is not their fault because we have a shortage of nurses of more than 13,000.’ He explained that while the international standard is 2.5 nurses per 1,000 people, ‘in Zambia we have 0.8 per 1,000.’ He said this is despite the fact ‘we have thousands of youths who have already been trained at great cost but cannot be recruited because resources have been diverted into luxurious expenditures at the expense of these key social sectors’.
‘There are equally thousands of youths eagerly seeking such training opportunities with the hope of helping society in such noble professions.
‘Yet despite the many challenges they face in a very demotivating environment, they graciously carry on day in day out providing us with comfort and guidance in our times of need. For this we are truly grateful,’ Hichilema said