The government has said it is finalising the process of transferring all health workers employed by the country’s urban councils to its payroll as a way of averting disruptions in health delivery at a time when the world is battling the Covid-19 pandemic.
As the first step, the government announced in July that it was taking over the remuneration of nurses employed by Chitungwiza and Harare municipalities following failure by the two local authorities to meet their salary obligations.
Briefing the media in the capital yesterday after a Cabinet meeting, Information Minister, Monica Mutsvangwa said the process of transferring health workers employed by urban local authorities had since started.
“Measures are being put in place for the City of Harare to expedite the implementation of the Cabinet decision of transferring 368 health professionals. This is in line with the government’s decision to centralise the payment of essential services in order to ensure timely payment.”
To smoothen the implementation of the transfer of the health workers, Mutsvangwa said, the Cabinet resolved that, going forward, that, instead of transferring just nurses, the government would move all health workers in Urban Local Authorities to its payroll under the Ministry of Health and Child Care.
She added that the responsible committee has been given a month to engage municipalities in order to deal with legacy issues, such as outstanding salaries, provident funds, statutory obligations, and other conditions of service such as funeral assistance, medical insurance and accommodation.