March 11, 2015
A pregnant mother has given birth at Mlanda health center in Ntcheu on thursday unattended, following strike by some Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM) staff.
Inside sources at the health center confided in this blog that the woman of Chiphikira village Traditional authority Masasa in Ntcheu, was told that medics were not on duty.
The Health workers went on staging a sit in despite an earlier call from CHAM Board Chairman Father Peter Mulomole to return to work and save lives of patients.
He said during a media briefing that CHAM Executive Director met minister of health on the matter and assured them that the matter will be resolved.
“The minister of health assured us that she is monitoring the transaction of the payments and promised that the funds get processed expeditiously and the latest information that we have received is that the payment is at voucher stage,” said Mulomole .
CHAM nurses across the country started their strike on Thursday to force government settle their monetary entitlements including leave grants.
Reports say although government approved a salary hike of 45 percent for all Civil Servants in October last year, the nurses under CHAM are yet to get their new packages.
CHAM nurses also want the government through Ministry of Health to write a commitment document highlighting that it will treat government and CHAM nurses equally.
The country has recently experienced a number of industrial strikes, paralysing government operations.
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