Physiotherapists, Laboratory Technicians in Mongu join nurses strike

All health workers at Lewanika General Hospital in Mongu have gone on strike.

Physiotherapists, Laboratory Technicians and all other health workers said they resolved to join nurses, midwives and pharmacists as a way of showing solidarity.

Health workers who chanted anti-government slogans said “If government wants to charge nurses and other health workers they should also charge us.”

‘You touch one; you have touched all,’ read the placards carried by health workers who stopped working Wendesday afternoon after a meeting.

The health workers’ action at one of the biggest hospitals in the county is a direct response to government’s threat to fire nurses who are on strike.

The angry workers also said if president Michael’s wife Christine Kaseba really cares for the wellbeing of the nation she should convince her husband to look at the plight health providers in the country.

Meanwhile, nurses in Mongu have demanded the resignation of Zambia Union of Nurses Organisation President Tom Yungana and his executive saying the team has failed the nursing profession.

“Yungana and his team are like floating cork they accept anything they are told, Yungana Jump yes bwana. We do not need such type of leaders in unionism.” One nurse said

Qualified workers that were found doing rounds in the wards at the time the strike was being declared were forced to knock off.

By 18 00 hours CAT trainee nurse from Lewanika School of Nurses had taken over from the striking workers.

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