RUNDU: Health and Social Services Minister, Dr Richard Kamwi says nurses who are not happy with their salaries should look for opportunities in the private sector instead of letting members of the public suffer due to their unhappiness.
Addressing staff of the Kavango Regional Health Directorate at Rundu on Thursday, the Health Minister indicated that although he fully supports ministry staff who are demanding better salaries, they should be patient and keep doing what is expected of them by their communities.
“You have my full support because to deliver, you have to be happy and I cannot work with starving staff members,” said the Health Minister while assuring them that they will ultimately get their salary increment.
He revealed that the government’s negotiating team is consulting with bargaining unions, saying that the consultations are at an advanced stage and staff members will be informed about the outcomes in due course.
He also thanked the ministry’s staff in the Kavango Region for “being professional” by not following the example of their colleagues in Katima Mulilo and Windhoek who recently went on strike.
The Health Minister said the behaviour demonstrated by the Ministry of Health workers there was “uncalled for and disgraceful”.
Kamwi then went on to appeal to workers in the Kavango Region to cooperate with the Presidential Commission of Enquiry into the Ministry of Health’s affairs and management by responding to all questions that they will be asking them, saying he already appeared before them for about two hours.
The Kavango hospital workers were then cautioned to refrain from using mobile phones in theatres during operations, and warned that such practices should be stopped.
He congratulated the Rundu State Hospital management and staff for keeping the hospital tidy and urged them to keep up their performance.
Kamwi was accompanied by Health Permanent Secretary (PS) Andrew Ndishishi, Under-Secretary Peter Ndaitwah, and his special advisor Dr Naftali Hamata.