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DENOSA Limpopo statement on shortage of water and personal protective equipment for health workers in some facilities to deal with COVID-19

Media Statement
Thursday ,18 March 2020
The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in Limpopo Provincial Office is inundated with calls from members and nurses reporting that some clinics do not have Personal Protective Equipments(PPE) and clean running water, which pose a serious threat to the management of and control of COVID-19.
In the meeting between the Department of Health and Organised Labour held on the 17 March 2020, a concern was raised about 72 clinics that are without running water and shortage of PPE in many of the clinics in the Province. The Deparment of Health made a committment to provide running water and PPE to affected facilities and also to rollout training on COVID-19 to all clinical and non-clinical staff members.
Due to high volume of patients who visit health facilities, DENOSA Limpopo reiterates its call for Department of Health to beef up the number of nurses in the facilities by employing all nurses who were trained through bursary system (post comserves) who are currently available and hunting for job as well as all other readily available nurses. 
Employment of around 600 Post-Community Service Registered Nurses will assist in curbing the spread of this pandemic. DENOSA is concerned about shortage of basic necessities in the workplace such as gloves, masks, hand washing soaps, sanitizers and running water which will make it diffult for nurses and other employees to provide quality patient care to the communities.
Safety of nurses, other employees and patients in health facilities is our major concern which was already registered with the Department of Health in our meeting held on the 17th of March.
To ensure safety of our members in the workplace, DENOSA requests shopstewards and members to monitor availability of PPEs in their Workplace as per above checklist.
This exercise will also assist the organisation to navigate the Department of Health to areas were the above items are needed urgently. Exposure to infection for health workers poses even wider risk of widening the spread of COVID-19 further to other patients and communities.
DENOSA Limpopo condems the continous attacks of our members like the recent incidents at Probeering and Setlaboswane clinics in Makhuduthamaga Sub-district in Sekhukhune Region whereby Computers and consumable stock were taken. 
DENOSA Limpopo continues to remind members of the community to take extra caution and ensure that they are fully protected at all times by washing their hands with soap or sanitizers frequently and to self isolate whenever they  show signs and symptoms similar to those of the COVID-19.
Issued by the Demogratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa(DENOSA) Limpopo
For information, contact: 
Jacob Molepo,DENOSA Provincial Secretary 
Mobile : 0725764979
Lesiba Monyaki ,DENOSA Provincial Chairperson
Mobile : 0725782753