Health Minister laments lack of applicants for jobs

By Don Asoka Wijewardena

Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena recently lamented that though around 30,000 nurses were employed in government hospitals, the recruitment of nurses, family health workers and Public Health Inspectors to the Ministry had become a great problem.

When the Ministry called for applications for such vacancies, the response of the applicants for nursing profession had been negative. There was a dearth of CGE A/L Science subjects passed applicants in Sri Lanka to apply for such vacancies, he said at a function held to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Kandana Nursing Training School recently.

The Minister said that the Health Ministry had encountered a severe problem of recruiting nurses, family health workers and even public health inspectors because the applicants did not possess the required qualifications to apply for such positions. Due to lack of educational qualifications, most young men and women had shuddered to apply for the vacant posts in the medical profession.

Minister Sirisena said that the transfers, grievances, numerous job-related issues and a plethora of administrative problems had surfaced in the Ministry. When the legitimate rights of the nursing profession had been granted many medical officers’ organizations objected to it. But the government had realized the important work carried out by the nurses. On that ground their demands were granted. For the development of nursing training schools the government had allocated Rs. 125 million.

"The human nature is goal-seeking. A man cannot be satisfied 100 per cent. The nurses wear white uniforms. The symbol of whiteness reflects kindness and peace. It is the bounden duty of the nurses to treat patients with loving kindness at all times," Minister Sirisena stressed.

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