As today marks Women's Day, healthcare workers who are now facing the world's devastating pandemic are yearning for help as this sector is faced with so many challenges that do not get resolved simply because, and based on a recent study by Oxfam, it is mainly dominated by women.
Their voice is not heard and their many cries are overlooked by decision-makers who are often males.
They are overworked and underpaid and their conditions of work are not improved and yet they are still expectes to perform miracles as if the conditions are perfect.
While they fight COVID-19, they have not been paid their increment by government which should have been paid on 1 April 2020, and their cries for sufficient PPE provision in their place or of work often fall on dead ears. More than 24 000 of them have since been infected with COVID-19 and more than 180 have died. When it comes to paying them danger allowance, government is looking the other way!
At the helm of decision-making positions (principals) are two male ministers of the two departments that should be responsible for paying of healthcare workers: Treasury and DPSA.
Healthcare workers would like to talk about other pressing issues, like Gender-Based Violence which is now competing with COVID-19 in the times of national lockdown, which also affects them dearly.
In the health sector, healthcare workers need to be emancipated. Truth be told!
And there are many issues.