Transparency must prevail in staff recruitment – Mujajati

THE Ministry of Health directive for recruitment should not just end at graduate nurses across the country, but must be extended to other departments for effective delivery of healthcare services to the people, says Zambia Medical Association president Aaron Mujajati. Dr. Mujajati said the association was in full support of the move to recruit all graduate nurses as it would improve staffing levels in hospitals and clinics as well as fill up the newly constructed facilities. He explained that the high shortages of staff in health institutions have contributed to congestion and failure to effectively meet the patients at their point of need. “ZMA fully supports the Government on this development as it will put many nurses at the frontline of health Care. “However, this recruitment should not just stop at nurses but should cover other important health care workers that form part of the health Care delivery system,” he said. He said with increased human resource in the sector, important departments would be covered to improve service delivery that form part of the healthcare delivery system. He explained that ZMA was impressed with the unprecedented infrastructure development and recruitment exercise to beef up health personnel but that it should be complemented with strong investments in laboratories and specialised treatment.