Over 100 health workers fired in Zambia due to misconduct

Over 100 health workers have been dismissed country wide due to absenteeism and misconduct. Photo : RR

NEWSROOM (ADV) – Authorities in Zambia said on Wednesday that over 100 health workers have been fired countrywide due to misconduct and absenteeism.

Kennedy Malama, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, said Lusaka, Southern and Northern Provinces were the main regions where health workers were fond of absconding from work.

He said in remarks delivered when he toured health institutions in the southern part of the country that it has also been discovered that some health workers were going to further their studies without following the correct procedure as outlined in their conditions of service.

“We need sanity in the health sector and we are not going to tolerate misconduct, absenteeism and non-responsiveness when on duty, because we are civil servants employed to provide service to the people,” he was quoted as saying by state-run news agency, the Zambia News and Information Service.

The government, he said, will not accept the tendencies of health workers leaving their duties without approval from the relevant authorities, adding that workers needed to ensure that they work in line with government policies.

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