By Staff Reporter
Gweru City Council has embarked on an exercise to recruit nursing staff in a bid to address critical health staff shortage that has over the years affected health service delivery at the local authority’s clinics, The Sun has established.
The development will see council employing 18 nursing staff which relates to eight registered general nurses, four midwives and six nurse aides respectively, a move that would raise the wage bill at the cash strapped municipality.
City spokesperson, Vimbai Chingwaramusee confirmed the recruitment but however said council had “well planned” the exercise.
“Council can foot the wage bill (of the new nursing staff) because it is something that was budgeted for,”she said.
“We were only waiting for implementation (to embark on the employment exercise).”
In 2018 at the height of the typhoid outbreak which claimed lives and left thousands affected, council blamed the health staff deficit saying it contributed to challenges in containing the water borne disease.
During that time the local authority revealed that the city had 89 nurses out of an establishment of 108.
Over the years the council’s eight clinics and one hospital (Isolation Hospital) have been running at a loss with revenue generated at the health centres failing to match the wage bill of nursing staff.
Council said the deficit had implications on the provision of other services as resources were diverted from other sources to fund the shortfall.