Malawi nurses body gives council 14 days ultimatum on conversion program

The National Organisation of Nurses and Midwives of Malawi (NONM) has given the Nurses and Midwives Council of Malawi a 14 days ultimatum on the Conversion of nurses midwife technicians to diploma registered nurses.

The conversion program, which was reached at a meeting the nurses held with the country’s president Joyce Banda in January, was planned to commence in January 2014.

“You may recall that the issue of conversion was reached following the presidential directive after the head of state inquired from all stakeholders on the viability of the programme.

“As you may recall, following the directive, meetings have been held and  the understanding was that there would be curriculum review and syllabus production culminating in the first intake in January 2014. However, to our surprise, it would seem your offices have reneged from that understanding and would like to put spanners to the whole process,”  reads part of the letter signed by the body’s president Jonathan Abraham Gama and Executive Director Harriet Kapyepye.

NONM President Jonathan Gama

NONM President Jonathan Gama

Since the directive, according to the letter, the council’s conduct has been uncooperative showing a deliberate ploy to frustrate the process that has otherwise already started.

“It is with this background that we demand implementation of the process that already started a per agreed. If that failks within the said days,  we shall consider other options of registering our concerns,” reads the  letter.

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