Written by YAMIKANI SIMUTOWE
BLANTYRE—Pres Joyce Banda Monday failed to reach a consensus with health workers on the 14-day ultimatum to address their grievances.
The Malawi leader invited the representatives of the health workers for talks at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre where the nurse and midwives threatened not to work if their issues aren't resolved by February 26.
President of National Organization of Nurses and Midwives (Nonm) Jonathan Abraham Gama claimed that the president failed to address the issue of salary increment and that she didn't comment on the issue.
“The pertinent issue we had was that of salaries and we wanted the president to address it there but she didn't.
“This means that our 14-day ultimatum still stands. The ultimatum expires on February 25 and come February 26, all nurses and midwives in government hospitals will join the civil servants’ strike,” he said.
He however said they will organize a skeleton staff in all public health facilities to take care of emergency cases.
(c) The Maravi Post 2013