Nurses under Christian Hospitals Association of Malawi (CHAM) in some hospitals in the country on Thursday started their sit-in to force government to settle their monetary entitlements.

The strike comes barely two days after National Organizations of Nurses and Midwives of Malawi (NONM) issued government a seven-day ultimatum on the same.

It is said that although the government approved a salary hike of 45 percent to all Civil Servants in the country in October last year, the nurses under CHAM are yet to get their new packages including leave grants.

A visit by Faceofmalawi’ reporter at St. Peters Hospital on Thursday in Likoma in the Northern Part of Malawi found the nurses outside the hospital seating in groups doing their own business.

The development has placed lives of many People at the Island at risk as the Island has no any government hospital where patients can access health services at the moment.

Speaking in an interview with the Press, one of the Chiefs at the Islands asked the government to immediately intervene on the situation.

Another eyewitness from Trinity Hospital in Nsanje on Thursday also informed FOM’s newsroom that nurses there are also on strike.

Reports from Lilongwe, Zomba and Mangochi also indicated that nurses are also on strike demanding their new packages.

Among other things, CHAM nurses want the government through Ministry of Health to write a commitment document highlighting that it will treat government and CHAM nurses equally.

Apart from that CHAM nurses wants government to pay all areas dating back to October 2014 in full.

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