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NONM, DNS discusses Nurses and Midwives recruitment and upgrading

From left to right – Harriet Chiomba NONM Project Coordinator – Director of Nursing Services (DNS) Tulipoka Soko, NONM Executive Director Benson Phiri and NONM President Dorothy Ngoma.

The Director of Nursing Services DNS at the Ministry of Health, Mrs Tulipoka Soko has pledged government’s commitment to work with the National Organisation of Nurses and Midwives of Malawi NONM and relevant institutions to implement the nursing and midwifery upgrading program.

Soko made the assurance when the NONM President and Secretariat leadership paid her a courtesy call to discuss nursing and midwifery profession issues.

She explained that the need for transition of nurses and midwives from Nurse Midwife Technician NMT to Registered Nurses RN has been a topic of discussion for a long time and concerned institutions need to sit down and take necessary actions.

“It is good that you have raised this issue with my office, concerned stakeholders need to meet and map way forward regarding this issue. In as far as I remember; there were recommendations made by the committee way back about this transition process and I think we need to review the issues and move forward”, said Soko.

NONM President in blue suit stressing a point (Pitcure)

NONM President in blue suit stressing a point

In her remarks Ngoma said: “As a union, we are encouraged to note that as government you are taking up our issues to ensure this much anticipated upgrading transition is achieved. In the same regard, let me also urge the government through your office Madam DNS, to consider recruiting more nurses and midwives who are currently jobless. I believe that you are aware of the serious shortage of nurses and midwives in our hospitals”.

Both parties agreed to work with the Nurses and Midwives Council, training colleges and other interested institutions to ensure that the NMT-RN transition becomes practical.