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OVER 340 Tšepong nurses sacked

Striking Queen 'Mamohato Memorial Hospital nurses

March 16, 2021 2 min read

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AT least 343 health care professionals including nurses, nursing assistants and specialised nurses working at the Queen ’Mamohato Memorial Hospital (Tšepong) have been fired, the Lesotho Nursing Association (LNA), has confirmed.

According to the LNA Secretary General, ’Mamonica Makhozonke, some of the sacked employees were given letters of dismissal while others were just verbally expelled.

The association was expected to meet the Minister of Law Professor Nqosa Mahao late on Monday to pave the way forward in respect of the matter.

Mrs Makhozonke said they are aware that international organisations have intervened in the saga, in order to help bring it to an end.

She said because about 95 percent of the nursing staff has been shown the door - a move which is threatening to bring the health care system in Lesotho to its knees, the remaining personnel is already overwhelmed by heavy workload, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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She said the remaining staff will not receive nor administer COVID-19 vaccines because they will not be able to manage any complaints that may arise due to the vaccination process as the hospital which is Lesotho’s only referral facility is now dysfunctional.

The hospital’s Public Relations Manager Mothepane Thahane could not be reached for comment as her phone rung unanswered.

The striking nurses have not been going to work for the past 40 days - they demand salary increment and COVID-19 allowances.

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