No skimpy uniforms for Zambian nurses

THE Zambia Union of Nurses Organisation (ZUNO) has advised female nurses against wearing ‘skimpy’ uniforms.

ZUNO president Thom Yung’ana said that the organisation is concerned about some nurses who have developed a tendency of wearing short uniforms. Mr Yung’ana said short uniforms by nursing staff can have serious effects on the recovery of patients.

“We want to say it is not the policy of our organisation to advocate skimpy uniforms and we call on our members to dress appropritately,” Mr Yung’ana said.

Last week, Deputy Minister of Health Patrick Chikusu warned female nurses against wearing short uniforms saying this can cause hypertension in some patients.

Meanwhile, Mr Yung’ana has expressed concern at government’s delay in providing nurses with uniforms.

He said the timely provision of uniforms to nurses will prevent them from wearing short uniforms.

He said the delay in providing uniforms compels nurses to buy fabrics and have their own uniforms made.

“We are concerned about delays in providing uniforms to our members. For the past two years, government has not been providing uniforms and as a result, they are forced to buy materials to make their own uniforms,” he said.

He, however, commended the Patriotic Front government for prioritising delivery of quality health services to the people.

Mr Yung’ana said ZUNO is happy with the measures government has put in place to ensure quality and affordable health services as good health is a pre-requisite to national development.

And ZUNO has urged government to enact laws to protect nurses and midwives from physical or verbal abuse while on duty.

ZUNO secretary general Liseli Sitali said that government should formulate stiff laws to ensure that offenders are punished.

Mr Sitali was reacting to recent cases in which nurses and midwives have been beaten and assaulted by the relations of patients and expecting mothers.

He said it is disheartening that some members of the public tend to take the law into their own hands whenever there is a misunderstanding involving nurses and midwives.

“This trend should come to an end and we appeal to government to come up with stiff sanctions to punish anyone who beats or assaults a uniformed nurse or midwife.

“It seems some people just go to health centres to abuse nurses and midwives without understanding how they work,” Mr Sitali said.

Source: Zambia Daily Mail

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