The Zambia National Union of Nurses Organization (ZUNO) says the impending reduction of training fees in public institutions will adversely affect operations of the said organizations if government does not provide timely and consistent grants to cushion the difference.
ZUNO general secretary Fray Michelo says it will be difficult for the public institutions to maintain their day to day activities because many of them depend on these fees for operational costs.
Minister of Health Dr. Chitalu Chilufya this week announced that government will soon reduce training fees for nurses in all public institutions from between K18000 and K10000 to K8500 per year in a bid to transform the quality of service delivery and provide affordable training to everyone.
And Mr Michelo says the reduction of training fees for Nurses in public institutions should not weaken the measures that ensure student-lecturer ratios are within stipulated and adequate numbers for the trainee’s to receive quality preparation and has called on government to ensure there is no over enrolment due to the low impending training fees.
The Zambia National Union of Nurses Organization general secretary also revealed that there in excess of 17000 employed Nurses in the country with over 3000 others still waiting to be employed.
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