The nurses from Rwempasha Health Center in Nyagatare District claim this is their fifth month without getting a monthly salary which is now seeing them lose the value they deserve in the community due to too much indebted money.
Some of the nurses at the health center claim the case is getting more serious for them since last year when the salary delivery system changed, leading them to tasting a miserable life.
“The name ‘Nurse’ is losing the value at Rwempasha Healh Center due to heavy debts we have been waiting in vain,” an unidentified nurse said.
“We are really in danger and we are finally tired of waiting given how long we have lasted without getting our salaries while we accomplish our everyday work. You cannot work when you have not got something to eat. We got countless debts in different neighboring shops but we ended up failing to pay the debts,” s/he continued.
On the other side, the health center director has not gone far from the nurses’ complaints and threatens they could soon come up with only disappointing results from their future daily duties.
However, George Mupenzi, the Mayor of Nyagatare District, said the nurses are themselves to be blamed for their struggle to get the salaries during the last five months due to their mistakes committed earlier.
He said, “ there is no problem concerning the money because the employees form other health centers in the district are getting their salaries, except those from Rwempasha, who are still at the centre of the problem because, since we changed to new a payroll system, they rather insisted on preferring the former, which is no longer working”
He, however, revealed that the problem is in process of being addressed as the district administration is working on it and hopefully they could start to get their salaries since the beginning of June.
He said, “We are aware of their problem and it is soon getting addressed. Hopefully all will be in line in a month”
The delayed salary payment is among the issues that affect both nurses and patient due to unsatisfying healthcare services delivery during their everyday job.
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