Nurses stage strike at Mwanza district hospital to demand transfer of DHO: ‘We are working as slaves’

Mwanza District Hospital workers  including nurseson Tuesday staged a strike as part of their demand to have District Health Officer (DHO) Ralph Piringu and District Nursing Officer (DNO),  transferred for allegedly  ill-treating them and other junior members of staff.

Strike action

Strike action

They were protesting that Pirungu has been ill treating the staff and that they are not working with peace.

“This strike is to get over a message to authorities about what is happening  here and to get the message to the government that Piringu must go,” said a nurse speaking to Nyasa Times on condition of anonymity.

Another nurse cited the transfer of their colleagues from the hospital over “petty issues” which has led to those remaining at the facility to over-work as  the hospital has less than 40 nurses now.

“With the termination of locum, we are working as slaves,” said the nurse.

Mwanza District Hospital spokesperson Dikilani Chadza confirmed the sit-in strike but said the district hospital management and officials from the Nurses Council of Malawi are meeting to resolve the differences.

With already poor health service, many of the people using the hospital may not have noticed a huge difference with the sit-in.


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Bola kumeneko less than 40?
Kuno tiliko less than 9 koma ntchito imakhalako osati masewera.
Dziwani lero kuti tidalumbulaa kugwira ntchito ku chipatala paja eti?
Kugwira ntchito ndi ukapolo mwanva anyamata ndi asungwana? umene aliyese tikhoza kumutcha kapolo koma ntchito zosiyana siyana.


Piringu is just boring, the kind of his administration UNCIVILISED I cant believe he was still DHO up to date, tinamuthamangitsa ku Dowa just in 2 months. Anzathu a ku Mwanza ayi ndinu opirira zedi


Iwe Alfred Minjo
I guess you are thinking retrogressively. Is it bad to upgrade from a med assist to a CO? Further ukuti mzake odzimva aliku chsu iwe amakulesa kudzinva ndani……get a life dude!!!

Alfred Minjo

Mkulu ameneyu anafikapodi ngati kuti ndi dokotala weniweni. Koma zooona ngwa mwanodi. A medical assistant up graded to a Clinical Officer, koma iiiiiii. Nzake naye odzimvanso aliku Lilongwe ku CHSU.


Ukuganizila katumba ase…..


ndiwe ofoila zedi,you think being a medical Doctor is equal to being a good manager??? Dr ambiliwa ndie mbolanso bola ma medical Assistant omweo..apart from piringuyo

The Patriot

Kapengeni sukulu madala, kudana ndi anthu ophunzirà sikupindulirani! Dr simasewela, asakufuna asiye!

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