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DENOSA Mpumalanga statement on rising infection rate among health workers in the province 

MEDIA STATEMENT 

Tuesday, 29 June 2020 

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in Mpumalanga is deeply disturbed by increasing numbers of COVID-19 new infections especially amongst our members and other professionals who are frontline workers within the health sector, specifically nurses and doctors.  

The numbers are increasing on a daily basis, says DENOSA Mpumalanga Provincial Secretary, Mzwandile Shongwe. 

“This seriously concerns us because nurses and doctors are key professionals within the health sector, and yet they are less protected. Without doctors and nurses, the health sector will never function and thousands of our patients will die.”

DENOSA in the province calls on the Department of Health to:

 

·         Develop key strategies to ensure that Nurses and Doctors are not infected in large numbers as is currently the case. Because the community will be left unattended. The department must create a backup system to ensure continuity of care at all times.

·         We are further calling Mpumalanga Department of health to ensure that our staff members have enough quality PPE. This is because as DENOSA we will never allow our members to expose themselves. We are calling our members not to risk their lives if they don’t have PPE.

·         We call on the department to follow the National guidelines on COVID 19 management. Our members must be treated equally.

As the rate of new infections increases especially amongst staff members, we are reminding our colleagues to follow the National guidelines on prevention strategies for COVID 19, which includes putting on a mask, sanitizing, social distancing and many more. 

We urge our members to call us where they have challenges such as shortage of PPE in their workplace. We wish all our members in the province who have contracted COVID-19 a speedy recovery. 

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Issued by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in Mpumalanga

For more information, contact:

Mzwandile Shongwe, DENOSA Mpumalanga Provincial Secretary

Cell: 072 564 0136