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'Poor Conditions Behind Nurses, Teachers Exodus'

NDOLA, June 10 - The Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has said Government will only resolve the issue of nurses and teachers migrating for greener pastures if conditions in the two sectors are improved.

ZCTU secretary general Sylvester Tembo said in Kitwe yesterday that the earlier Government realised the fact, the better it would be for the country because then both sectors would be at the top of every Government agenda.

Mr Tembo, who was reacting to Vice-President Nevers Mumba's concern over the mass exodus of nurses, noted that it was encouraging that Government hadadmitted that the country was affected by the increasing migration of nurses opting for better paying jobs abroad.

He, however, said Government should quickly offer solutions to the problems and not join in lamenting over them with the rest of the country.

"It is truly scandalous that the country loses 25 nurses every month. It is just as well the Government has admitted to the fact but the leaders should not join us in complaining but rather lead the way in solving the problem," he said.

Mr Tembo said Government was further compounding the situation by its decision not to employ more teachers and nurses while others had died or were retired.

"We expect the Government to give us hope on this issue," he said.

Source: The Times of Zambia / allAfrica Global Media

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