Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) store steward and chairperson in Sanqu Native, Mphathiswa Patreni, mentioned they refused to danger their lives. “We now have people who find themselves working at maternity wards. These persons are coping with blood. They can not work with out gloves. Even the folks at casualty can’t work with out gloves,” mentioned Patreni.
In 2017, the group shut down the small city of Sterkspruit as a result of the hospital had solely two docs. After the protests, extra docs have been appointed. Patreni mentioned presently there are about ten medical employees, together with two physiotherapists, a dentist, and pharmacist. However the brand new docs have been meant to be assisted with lodging. The hospital had at first rented flats on the town for them, however then stopped, citing an absence of funds.
“Medical doctors are actually threatening to go away. We’re already short-staffed and we can’t afford to lose these docs. The group wants them,” mentioned Patreni.