The saying ‘Mwana asingacheme anofira mumbereko’ translated as A baby who does not cry will die strapped to his mother’s back aptly describes this situation where Government poured thousands of dollars into nurses’ accounts.
Christmas came early for some nurses while others felt cheated as under qualified nurses got more than their superiors. Nurses who spoke to iHarare on condition of anonymity confirmed this development saying the Primary Care Nurses got $5000.
“Primary care nurses’ received $5000 which was backdated to 2005,” said one nurse.
However, the government in its ‘wisdom’ saw PCN s deserving the money more than their superiors known as Registered General Nurses. (RGN)
“Their reasoning for giving the PCNs more money than us was that they were being under paid tarwadziwa imi,” said the RGN.
Baffled, the nurses said PCNs are junior to them for they work at clinics with mere certificates.
“The PCNs are not allowed to work at Hospitals,” added the RGN.
The RGN said they got $2000,$1000 arguing that as RGNs are on the same grade they were given different amounts while general hands were given the same amount as nurses. The situation is marred with confusion.”
She said the confusion was too much especially from the Salary Service Bureau.
“Zviri kuitika kuSSB hameno kuti zviri kufambiswa sei (I don’t know how the SSB is handling our affairs.)
Last month, nurses held a nationwide strike which saw 15 000 fired by Vice President Constantine Chiwenga.
Zimbabwe Nurses Association president Simangaliso Mafa said he is yet to find out what the nurses got.
“ I cant confirm nor deny because I’m away attending a meeting and I’m yet to find out what each category of Nurses got,” he said.
The Government later ordered all health institutions to hire new nurses to fill gaps left by the fired striking nurses.
Government owed nurses about $5 million in payment arrears some dating as far as 2005.