DENOSA KZN concerned by mass exodus of nurses at Mpophomeni Clinic on fears of community threats ...

Media statement

Thursday, 27 November 2014

The Democratic Nursing of South Africa (DENOSA) in KwaZulu-Natal would like to register its discontent with constant threats from community members which are behind mass exodus of nurses at Mpophomeni Clinic near Howick, and appeals to both community members and leaders in the area to discourage this counter-productive approach as it is slowly hurting the community already.

Community members around Mpophomeni Township have been threatening nurses who don’t originate from Mpophomeni and who are employed at the local clinic to leave so that their own trained nurses could be employed. As a result of these threats, of the 15 nurses who are based at the clinic, eight have since resigned on fears of victimization, leaving the clinic with only 7 nurses.

The departure of these nurses is becoming a huge disadvantage to both the very same community members in urgent need of health service as well as few nurses who are left with great load of work on their few hands. The risk with this development is that sick people will have to be turned back when and if all the remaining nurses leave the facility as these threats may turn into physical violence anytime soon, as they are constantly subjected to verbal abuse and threats. The developments are changing the working environment for nurses into a negative practice environment, which is against the spirit of a positive practice environment that DENOSA advocates for in health facilities for the good of patients and workers.  

DENOSA is greatly aggrieved by the old-fashioned way of raising concerns by community of Mpophomeni, the price of which will be the sick and vulnerable who need urgent medical attention. The community of Mpophomeni does not have enough trained nurses who are all from the area who can be employed. 

Not more than 50% of the clinic’s staff complement is from the area, and DENOSA’s concern is that this may trigger more back-lash from neighbouring towns where most workers at Mpophomeni come from, as towns such as Howick and Pietermaritzburg equally employ people from Mpophomeni Township.  

DENOSA would like to appeal to community leaders and councilors to intervene and address the situation before it gets even worse than it currently is. The remaining nurses fear for their own safety and may leave the facility anytime.

DENOSA also appeals to the Health Department in the province to explain to the communities how nurses are allocated in health facilities, as most are merely fulfilling their obligation as their nursing studies were funded by provincial government. Once they finish their studies, nurses get allocated by health department to various facilities according to the need to either work full time or to do their community service.   

DENOSA’s fear is that this action by the community is against the spirit of re-engineering primary health facilities throughout the country, where clinics are being staffed with key personnel so they could address primary health needs of communities. 

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Issued by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) KwaZulu-Natal

For more information, contact:

Sibonelo Cele, DENOSA Chairperson in KwaZulu-Natal

Mobile: 079 501 49 45

Or

Sibongiseni Delihlazo, DENOSA Communications Manager

Mobile: 079 875 2663

Website: www.denosa.org.za

Facebook: DENOSA National Page

Twitter: @DENOSAORG 

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DENOSA deplores killing of a female nurse in a KZN clinic ...

Media statement

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

We appeal to community members to assist law enforcement agencies in bringing perpetrator to book

As the country began observing the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) would like to register its disgust at the manner in which a female nurse was shot down outside Kwa-Dabeka Clinic in KwaZulu-Natal just as she knocked off work last night.

The staff nurse was shot more than 6 times and three bullets hit her in the chest, and she died instantly, leaving the facility a nurse poorer in a community where health workers are most needed. The clinic serves a population of more than 175 000 people. This happened while the staff at the facility was watching.

What outrages DENOSA about this incidence is that it happened on the day the country launched the campaign against violence on women and children. The less we say about security at many healthcare facilities throughout the country the better, because health workers have been attacked on many occasions in the premises of work.

DENOSA sends its sincere condolences to the family of the deceased and one of our own. We appeal to members of the community to work hand-in-hand with the law enforcement agencies to assist in bringing the perpetrators to book.

Only a justice system will send a strong message to current and potential perpetrators that committing a crime will be met with the full might of the law, by handing harsher sentences on those who seek to undermine the country’s fight against abuse of women and children.

As majority of nurses are women, violence against women and children affects them the most, and DENOSA finds it discomforting that healthcare facilities are still not tightened sufficiently. DENOSA appeals to hospital management throughout the country ensure tighter security in and around health facilities, not only for the duration of the 16 Days of Activism campaign. 

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

For more information, contact:

Sibongiseni Delihlazo, DENOSA Communications Manager

Mobile: 079 875 2663

Or

For the KZN incident: Cassim Lekhoathi, DENOSA Provincial Secretary in KwaZulu-Natal

Mobile: 082 821 1465

Website: www.denosa.org.za

Facebook: DENOSA National Page

 

Twitter: @DENOSAORG

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DENOSA statement post-NEC meeting ...

Media statement

Monday, 24 November 2014

DENOSA statement post-NEC meeting

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) held a successful two-day National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting from Thursday 20 November until late on Friday 21 November at DENOSA head office in Pretoria. The first day of the meeting was the handover affair between the previous and new leadership.

DENOSA deliberated on a number of organisational and latest political developments.

Reconvening of the 7th DENOSA National Congress

As DENOSA s 7th National Congress from 30 October to 1 November at Birchwood Hotel was not finished, this NEC meeting was tasked to come up with the dates in which the Congress will reconvene to finish it business, i.e. outcomes of commissions and declarations as well as finalising constitutional amendments.

The NEC endorsed that the 7th National Congress reconvene from 22 - 24 January 2015 at Birchwood Hotel. Because it had no bearing on the election process in the first leg of the congress, the new leadership was duly elected, and the national office bearers are:

* President: Cde Simon Hlungwani
* 1st Deputy President: Cde Letsatsi Modise
* 2nd Deputy President: Cde Thandeka Msibi
* National Treasurer: Cde Cookie Nkambule

DENOSA position on the latest developments in the federation

The NEC reflected frankly on the latest developments within COSATU in relation to the call for a Special National Congress (SNC) as called for by a third of COSATU affiliates, and the expulsion of National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) from the federation on the morning of the 8th of November. The NEC resolved on the following:

The SNC is long-overdue, and as DENOSA we call upon the federation to finalise the date of the SNC as a matter of urgency. DENOSA reaffirms its position that its call for a SNC is the only democratic avenue to not only unite the federation, but also revive and implement its 11th Congress resolutions on behalf of workers than the current situation where it is besieged by unending internal fracas.

In light of recent expulsion of NUMSA, DENOSA strongly believes this decision is going against the spirit of achieving unity which we believe the SNC must achieve. For this, DENOSA calls for the reinstatement of NUMSA back to the federation as a matter of urgency and before the SNC because it is important that the SNC is inclusive of all affiliates of the federation including NUMSA, as it was one of the affiliates that called for it. DENOSA strongly believes talking unity when NUMSA is out of the federation will be tantamount to cosmetic unity, and not real unity, as COSATU voice will be without metalworkers of this country.

DENOSA puts it categorically clear that its call for NUMSA reinstatement is based on the principle of unity in COSATU. 

DENOSA reaffirms its position that there is only one federation that can unite workers, which is COSATU and that its existence must be for real unity of workers and their interests on the shop floor. To this end, the NEC resolved to continue to engage inside and outside COSATU to find a speedy resolve to the challenges. 

Marilyn Lahana Trust Caring Awards winners

The NEC congratulates all provincial winners of the annual Marilyn Lahana Trust Caring Awards, and three overall national winners who were awarded on Thursday night at Arcadia Hotel in Pretoria, who are committed and selfless nurses who gave their all in the service for patients.

The awards are named after and commemorate Marilyn Lahana, a nurse who was infected with Ebola at a Johannesburg hospital in 1996 while taking care of a Gabonese patient who was infected with Ebola. She died a few days later. The awards could not have been more relevant as more than 380 health workers have died from Ebola in West Africa while in the care of their patients.

DENOSA congratulates the overall first, second and third prize winners, namely Modiegi Maria Mojapelo from Gauteng, Venesia Geraldine Draghoender from Eastern Cape and Malikotsi Sebuse from Free State for their outstanding work.  

DENOSA applauds the outstanding work done by nurses and urges them to continue doing the sterling work of caring for the vulnerable and sick. DENOSA calls on nurse cadres countrywide to continue imparting health knowledge on community members about healthy living.

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

For more information, contact: Simon Hlungwani, DENOSA President. 

Mobile: 079 501 4922
Or 
Sibongiseni Delihlazo, DENOSA Communications Manager.
Mobile: 079 875 2663 
Website: www.denosa.org.za
Facebook: DENOSA National Page
Twitter: @DENOSAORG 

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10 REASONS WHY NURSES DESERVE 100% SALARY INCREMENT...

10 REASONS WHY NURSES DESERVE 100% SALARY INCREMENT:

From Ntandane Nyebe, a nurse in Cape Town. 

As the backbone of any healthcare system in the world, it is my honest opinion that nurses deserve proper compensation for the hard work they put in in improving the health of South Africans. After all, nurses are the proverbial Alpha and Omega. The following 10 points are the reasons.    

1. We are short staffed- one person does a work that should have been done by 4 people.

2. We have gone through formal education, we have got degrees etc, we are accountable to a nurses' board, we got to be paid decent salaries like Pharmacists and doctors- YES.

3. The health institutions do not have enough of the unskilled workers e.g. porters and cleaners- Nurses are then forced to work as unkilled workers-on top of their scope of practice, when the need arises.

4. There are many instances where doctors go & do shopping at the malls when they are on call, or simply some institutions have shortage of doctors- when an emergency situation arises- a nurse does a work that was supposed to be done by the doctor to save the client. Same case when there no social workers- nurses must run around doing what was supposed to be done by a social worker.

5. We do a risky job - I've heard of many nurses & docs who died from contagious diseases- especially trauma staff.

6. The governing party admitted in 2011 that there is a dire shortage of nurses in SA, which means nursing is a scarce skill in SA and the last time I checked professionals with scarce skills were getting paid higher salaries in SA.

7. We work under bad conditions- institutions with no proper security, lack of proper equipment etc. But we always try and do our best to improvise for the benefit of the clients.

8. Nurses who go & work overseas they don't go there just for fun or to experience different culture- they leave because they feel they are being overlooked by Government in terms of salary- meanwhile SA loses specialised nurses with experience - Government who cares about its people would try and keep nurses by raising salaries.

9. We deserve better. Our Government can afford to increase our salaries by 100%. There is money in SA- we have seen structural developments in SA & they have been built by companies who have been paid millions and billions.

10. ANC Government promised to increase salary of Nurses when they were in Mangaung in 2012/13. 

I Thank You
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