South Sudan Jobs For Nurses Dismissed As Hoax

South Sudan Jobs For Nurses Dismissed As Hoax
Published: 2016 June 27 05:35:39 (2089 Views)


Advertisements that have been circulating inviting registered nurses to apply for jobs in South Sudan have been dismissed as untrue by the Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa.

He said his ministry was not aware of the said advertisements and had no agreement yet with the north-east African country.

“Both the Ministry of Health and Child Care and the South Sudanese Embassy are not aware of the adverts in the media inviting State Registered Nurses to seek employment in South Sudan," said Parirenyatwa.

He was responding to a question from Chiredzi Central MP Denford Masiya on the Government’s position regarding the nurses.

He also asked Dr Parirenyatwa to assure the House that the nurses would be safe from the civil war in South Sudan and to indicate how many Zimbabwean nurses had taken up the offer.

Dr Parirenyatwa, however, said negotiations were still underway for a bilateral agreement on the exportation of health workers.

It is estimated that 3 500 nurses are unemployed after they failed to secure positions locally following the Government freeze on recruitment.

Zimbabwe trains at least 1 000 nurses yearly, but has been failing to absorb them all into the civil service as the Government cannot meet the attendant salary bill.

The authorities are only engaging new personnel to replace retirees, the deceased and those who resign.

Early this year, South Sudan indicated that it wanted 20 000 Zimbabweans to work in different fields in the North African country.

The graduates would be paid United Nations international rates for expatriates which are far more than salaries most Zimbabweans are paid in foreign countries.



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