The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in KwaZulu-Natal is pleased by the invitation from the Health Portfolio Committee of the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Legislature to its three-day programme of monitoring functionality of health institutions in the province starting from today.
DENOSA has long been expressing its unhappiness over the poor state of health in the province, mainly as a result of gross shortage of staff and equipment as well as poor conditions of work for health workers. Many of these areas have not been addressed by the department.
DENOSA appeals to managers of the facilities that will be visited not to hide the extent of the challenges they face. This is because, in the past, whenever facilities are visited and such visits are announced before, clinics would borrow equipment from neighbouring facilities as a way to create a cosmetic perfection and impress those doing the inspecting.
DENOSA representatives will form part of the inspections of institutions. “Nurses have always raised many challenges in the facilities that continue to pose a serious challenge to the delivery of quality of healthcare service to community members,” says DENOSA KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Secretary, Mandla Shabangu.
“Yes, there are slight improvements on some areas of concern, but there still remain many challenges that need urgent attention from the Department of Health in the province. The issue of poor staffing levels in many facilities leads to delayed service for end-users, and not to mention frustrations on both workers and patients.”
The province still has thousands of qualified nurses who are sitting at home looking for work whereas many positions remain unfilled in many health facilities.
Issued by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in KwaZulu-Natal
For more information, contact:
Mandla Shabangu, DENOSA KZN Provincial Secretary
Mobile: 071 643 3369