PRISCILLA MWILA, Lusaka
THE Ministry of Health has put 1,051 health workers on payroll and has urged them not to relent in delivering quality services
to the public.
And ministry spokesperson Kennedy Malama has attributed the delay in concluding the process to administrative glitches.
Dr Malama said in an interview yesterday that this was the first time the ministry was carrying out a massive recruitment exercise that required a lot of resources.
“We have put 1,052 on payroll and only 50 are yet to be added. The 50 are those who were previously working in government but left for a number of reasons including disciplinary action,” he said.
D r Malama said having a motivated workforce is fundamental to efficiency, especially in the health sector.
He has assured the workers that have not yet been put on payroll to be patient as the matter is being handled.
Dr Malama said Government is committed to ensuring that health workers receive better conditions of service.
He has urged health workers to put the interests of the public on top of their agenda and ensure that they get the needed help regardless of their status in society.
“Being a health worker is a calling more than it is a profitable venture. People come to health facilities with the hope of getting healed. It is important that we all set aside our personal issues and deliver quality services,” he said.
And Dr Malama said all the health workers will be paid arrears for the number of months they have worked without being paid soon.