Fires warning shots at all nursing school administrators who haven’t complied with the revised fees
Smart Eagles Reporter
Health Minister of the Republic of Zambia, Hon. Dr. Chitalu Chilufya has reminded all nursing school administrators to adhere to the directive of reducing fees for all public nursing schools.
The Minister recently announced the reduction of tuition fees for nursing schools from as much as K18,000, K15, 000 and K13, 000 in some institutions to K8, 500 across the board.
He said the Patriotic Front is a pro poor party whose agenda is to uplift the living standards of the citizens and not to exploit them and choke them with exorbitant school fees.
The Minister said this when he officiated at the joint graduation ceremony for the Senanga and lewanika schools of nursing in Senanga district of Western Province this afternoon.
The Minister stated that the President was concerned about the high fees which were preventing some young people from seeking enrolment into nursing schools and that he would ensure the Presidents directive to normalize the fees was carried out failure to which he would fire those administrators who were not complying to the directive.
He stated that in order to drive the Universal Health Coverage agenda, there was need for adequate human resource which meant that more young people needed to be encouraged to join the vocation.
He said to speak to the legacy goal of eliminating maternal mortality, enough midwives had to be trained.
He announced to this effect that the Levy Mwanawasa Medical University combined with other nursing schools dotted across the country would be expected to enrol not less than 2000 midwifery students per year which would adequately address the Midwive/pregnant woman ratio as maternal mortality continues to be a big challenge in the nation prompting President Lungu to declare it a public health emergency when he launched the health week in Lusaka on Wednesday.
And the Minister has directed that all nursing schools make it easy for the young people wanting enrol by cutting out all the red tape such as funny uptitude tests because it is governments intention to empower the youth in the nation at the same time to populate the health sector in line with the PF governments agenda of recruiting 30,000 health workers by 2021.
“Let us do away with barriers to our human capital development agenda because such barriers are an assault on our universal health coverage agenda,” said the Minister.