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Mediclinic News : IF THERE’S NO PPE DON’T TOUCH ANY PATIENT, DENOSA TELLS NURSES

Title

IF THERE’S NO PPE DON’T TOUCH ANY PATIENT, DENOSA TELLS NURSES

Date

2020-04-29

Link

https://www.power987.co.za/news/if-theres-no-ppes-dont-touch-any-patient-denosa-tells-nurses/

News Description

Power 987 The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) has called on its members to not treat any Covid-19 patient if they are not provided with personal protective equipment (PPE). This follows an incident at an Eastern Cape hospital where nurses refused to treat 19 Coronavirus patients because they were not supplied with appropriate personal protective equipment. This is despite the call made by health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize that no health worker be forced to work without any PPE. Speaking on POWER Drive, Denosa president Simon Hlugwani says nurses should not risk their lives by treating patients without protection. “Our own minister of health said there should be no expectation for any health worker to work without the PPE. It is our position as Denosa that if there’s no PPE don’t touch any patient because the government has said and issued instructions that they will provide the PPE. “We are saying those nurses were correct because immediately after they refuse, the PPE was delivered in that institution,” says Hlugwani. Hlungwani has also welcomed the arrival of 200 Cuban medical doctors to help spread of the virus. “We do welcome the doctors that have come. You can imagine that the Cuban doctors are also not immune to the disease itself, therefore it means they are coming to risk their lives here in South Africa just for the benefits of us. “Mind you they are not coming at no cost. They will be costs to the government. Most of them will be receiving a salary and so on.” However, Hlungwani has raised concerns on the unfilled vacancies advertised by the government to get more health workers to combat the virus. “They have advertised posts I think it is more than three weeks back and the regulations say they were going to employ people within a week. “We know that there are more than 100 thousand applications made by South African doctors and health professionals including nurses. To date, we haven’t received a report on how many have been employed.”
Created at 2020/05/04 04:38 PM by Mediclinic
Last modified at 2020/05/04 04:38 PM by Mediclinic