Zimbabwe: Ministry Decentralises General Nurse Recruitment Due to COVID-19

The Ministry of Health and Child Care has decentralised the general nurse and midwifery recruitment exercise as a measure to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

In a Tuesday memo, then secretary for Health Agnes Mahomva advised Provincial Medical Directors that all the interviews for shortlisted candidates for general nursing and midwifery training for May 2020 will be conducted at the selected schools from 11 to 15 May with candidates being interviewed from their catchment areas.

"Interviews for Midwifery training May 2020 Intake will be conducted at the individual Midwifery Schools.

"The general nurses training schools will be interviewing candidates from their catchment areas for other schools and must send the daily interview results to Nursing Directorate," she said.

Mahomva said this will minimise distances travelled to interviewing centres during the period of Covid-19.

"The schools are encouraged to ensure the social distancing is observed and candidates should wear face masks and should not be 50 at a given time," said Mahomva.

However, there was confusion across provinces as many aspiring nurses thronged some centres for interviews after they received wrong information through social media.

Health Ministry Public Relations Officer, Donald Mujiri said only those who applied and were shortlisted were eligible to attend the interviews at designated centres.

Other listed centres include Bindura, Gweru, Kwekwe, Sally Mugabe, Tsholotsho, Bonda Mission, Karanda Mission and Chinhoyi.

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