For the first time, Village Health Workers throughout the country will be paid by the government and included in the new Ministry of Health (MoH) structure that was approved in March this year and the first 292 nurses have been transferred under.
The Minister of Health, Jerome Ludvaune, made this announcement in front of about 100 nurses and staff of the corporate services of the MoH on Tuesday afternoon at the ceremony when the Chairman of the Public Service Commission (PSC) Martin Mahe, handed over the letters of transfer for the 292 nurses.
“Village health workers too will be included. The Council of Ministers has approved that Village Health Workers are to come under government payroll,” he announced to loud cheers from the nurses and the ministry staff.
Minister Ludvaune announced that the Council of Ministers has also approved a budget of Vt17.5 million to pay the village health workers.
Senior health officials responded with gratefulness at the news because the men and women who occupy the positions are the front-line health providers in the rural communities and despite their important service and long hours they were never adequately remunerated. Only village communities through their health committees provide whatever small pay they could raise from fundraising activities.