Health extension workers want to take government to court

Health extension workers trained by the Ministry of Health and Social Services in 2016 say they plan to take the ministry to court over its failure to employ them.

The 647 health extension workers were trained over six months and say they have been waiting to be appointed since 2016.

The health ministry last year said they cannot employ the health extension workers due to budgetary constraints, but the group has been insisting that the ministry should make a plan to employ them because they have families to care for.

The group's spokesperson, Willem Kayongo told Nampa they feel the government, especially the Ministry of Health, does not care about them, adding they are tired of hearing that the government is experiencing financial difficulties.

He said they have seen the government donating millions of dollars in goods to Mozambique and recently advertising police and correctional service vacancies and spending millions left and right.

Approached for comment on the group's plans to take them to court, the Executive Director in the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Ben Nangombe said the health workers have been given reasons why they cannot be employed at this stage, and noted that no contract has been signed with them.

Source: Namibia Press Agency