‘We’ve not received a pesewa’- Rotational nurses and midwives vacate post over unpaid allowance

The allowance has not been paid since February 2021

The Coalition of Rotational Nurses and Midwives (C.R.N.M) has directed its members to lay down their tools to protest against the government for failing to pay their outstanding allowances, an official statement said.

The coalition, comprising nurses and midwives who begun a one year mandatory national service in February 2021, had embarked on a similar action in September but returned to work after the government promised to settle the 10 month arrears.

The Ministry of Health had also assured the aggrieved personnel that it would generate ID cards and proceed with a biometric registration of its members by October 18 but that had not materialized.

“Although this promise led to the suspension of the strike and not calling off the intended strike, we wrote to ask about the progress of the generation of the IDs and the biometric registration on 15th October 2021, the Ministry of Health claimed they had generated 2000 plus IDs which our members have not received and those who have received theirs are our colleagues who paid money for it”, the coalition explained in their statement dated November 24.

The health workers had lamented that the government’s failure to pay their allowances has brought untold hardship, hence their decision to resume the strike. The action which took effect December 1 could affect healthcare delivery in state-run facilities.

“Following the failure of the Ministry of Health to generate staff IDs and get the biometric registration done and effect payment of the rotation nurses and midwives’ allowance after series of negotiations and having worked for 10 months without a pesewa, the employer is hereby notified that the 2021 year group of rotation nurses and midwives will vacate post effective 1st December 2021…”

Read the full statement issued by C.R.N.M below;


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