The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) warmly welcomes the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa who declared the COVID-19 pandemic a state of emergency and for imposing travel ban on high risk countries. Furthermore, we call on government to provide clean water to all communities and health facilities.
DENOSA members have been reporting to the organisation that some clinics in North West and KwaZulu-Natal do not have running water as we speak, which poses a serious threat to the management and control of COVID-19 because at the core of its management is cleanliness.
DENOSA calls on provincial governments to ensure that municipalities connect or deliver clean water to communities and clinics in areas under their governance.
DENOSA also calls on government to provide sufficient numbers of personal protective equipment, especially now that internal transmission of COVID-19 is suspected.
DENOSA calls on nurses to report facilities that do not have protective clothing as this poses a threat to both health workers and patients. This is an area that health workers cannot compromise on, especially as health workers in China have been lost to COVID-19.
Because many health facilities will experience a great increase in the numbers of patients who visit facilities, DENOSA reiterates its call that staff numbers must be beefed up to ensure that health workers are able to handle the large number of patients. DENOSA is concerned that overcrowding at facilities, without protective clothing, is posing a serious infection risk.
There are nurses who are available and who have completed their community service and those who are job-hunting, and can be easily employed.
DENOSA continues to remind members of 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 become feverish with cough and head ache and maintain at least one metre distance with those who are coughing.
Alternatively, they can contact the government COVID-19 WhatsApp line: 0600 123 456 or NICD COVID-19 hotline: 0800 029 999.
Issued by DENOSA
For more information, contact:
Cassim Lekhoathi, DENOSA Acting General Secretary
Mobile: 082 328 9671
Simon Hlungwani, DENOSA President
Mobile: 083 238 9635
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