Clinical Technicians from Ekwendeni, Malamulo and the Malawi College of Health Sciences are questioning the government’s delays in their recruitment.
They claim to have undergone formal interviews to facilitate their employment in the public service.
This is the group that finished their self-sponsored internship after graduating in February last year.
Speaking to Capital FM, one of the concerned clinicians who opted for anonymity highlighted that in this time of high Covid cases, the health system needs adequate personnel.
“We expected that at this time when the government is fighting against the Covid-19, the health sector should have been a priority and us in particular but it is very unfortunate that we were not considered,” he said.
Health authorities claim that they have not received a formal complaint over the government’s delays to recruit some health workers, as disclosed by Duff Msukwa who is the Director of Human Resource Management and Development in the Ministry of Health.
“I have no such complaint on my table, but let me say that recruitment is ongoing and the full picture of who is in and who has not been recruited will be known early March when we do a summary of recruitment,” Msukwa explained.
He also added that the system sees to that is that all suitably qualified candidates are subjected to a competitive process.
“Those who pass are picked on merit and the system will not leave out anybody who is qualified,” Msukwa added.
On concerns that the government has recruited some health workers to help in the fight against the pandemic while leaving out those clinicians from the aforementioned institutions, the Director of Human Resource Management and Development in the ministry argued that the recruitment is in phases and that they started with those who were on the reserve list.
In Malawi, as of Sunday, 7 January, Covid-19 has claimed 850 lives out of 27 195 confirmed positive cases registered since the first cases were reported in April last year.