health

Sept. 17, 2021

LINEO MABEKEBEKE

2 min read

Hospital clears mix-up on expatriate workers

Hospital clears mix-up on expatriate workers

The St Joseph's Hospital in Roma, Maseru

Story highlights

  • Has six legal foreigners in its employ
  • Expatriates have renewed their work permits

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THE Christian Health Association of Lesotho (CHAL) has assured the nation that one of its facilities, the St Joseph’s Hospital in Roma has not engaged any illegal expatriates as its staffers like it is alleged.

According to a statement released by the association this week, the hospital has legal expatriate workers in its employ and some of them have been with the health centre since 2012.

The last to be employed was in 2019, the statement further shows.

The hospital says as part of the recruitment process, management ensures that all non-Basotho medical staff has the following documents which render them eligible to work in the country: educational certificates, last university testimonial, visa, residence permits, credentials assessment results (from the Ministry of Health), Lesotho Medical Council retention certificates and valid work permits.

Currently, the hospital has six expatriate employees, whose work permits expired around May 2021 and have since applied for their renewal through proper channels.

They include two doctors, a dentist, a radiographer, an anaesthetic technician and a nurse midwife.

The statement further shows that although the renewal of the work permits was made in the past, the Labour Commissioner however, realised some mishaps on them and asked the hospital to correct them.

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The hospital says it is currently rectifying the said mistakes, adding that the employees’ applications are already at an advanced stage because submissions have been made to the credentials committee for assessment for submission to the Labour Department later.

“During this period when processes are underway, these expatriates are not practicing until they have been granted work permits,” the institution says.

Besides the six expatriate workers, there are also three doctors and a radiographer who hold refugee/asylum seekers certificates.

According to the provisions of the laws on refugees, holders of such certificates do not need permits to work in countries where they seek refuge or asylum. 

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