State house directs UTH to keep student nurses

To mitigate the impact caused by ailing dictator Michael Sata’s indisdcriminate dismissal of nurses for demanding better wages and conditions of service, State house has directed University Teaching Hospital (UTH) management to stop student nurses who have been deployed to man wards from going for holiday.
State house sources have told the Zambian Watchdog that Sata used his wife Dr. Christine Kaseba to convey the message to UTH management but by the time the message was conveyed some students had left for their Christmas and end of year holidays. Several organisations including a Catholic bishop have called on government to reinstate the nurses but Sata has remained defiant and has been accusing opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema of being behind the recent nurses’ strike.
The situation at the nation’s highest referral hospital has worsened with many patients with serious wounds attending to themselves while others are being turned away after being seen at the Outpatients department. Only severe cases are being admitted as the current nursing staffing levels are not able to meet the demand.
UTH Executive Director Dr. Lackson Kasonka stopping student nurses from going on holiday was an infringement on their rights and has since allowed some to go.
And Alliance for a Better Zambia (ABZ) Vice president Patricia Mwashingwele has said if Sata’s pardoming of over 80 prisoners at mukobeko during Christmas time is meaningless if he cannot pardon the nurses and allow many poor Zambians to die.
In a statement, Mwashingwele has asked the PF government to use dialogue and not force in managing the affirs in the nation.

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