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mpumaAfro Voice reports that the Mpumalanga department of health has promised to strengthen its security measures at hospitals and clinics in the entire province.  

This undertaking came after a nurse was stabbed on Monday in the neck by a patient she had been attending to at a clinic in Glenmore near Carolina.  The nurse was taken to a nearby hospital where she was treated and discharged.  Almost a month ago, a doctor was also attacked and killed at Tinstwalo Hospital near Bushbuckridge.  A few years ago, another young medical doctor was stabbed to death by a patient at Middelburg Hospital.  Health spokesperson Dumisani Malamule said they were concerned about attacks on staff members.  Malamule added:  The incident happened after armed guards were placed at our institutions and we are planning to intensify security as this is a matter of serious concern.”  The Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA’s (Denosa’s) provincial secretary, Mzwandile Shongwe, said the incident was disturbing because Denosa had always said security guards must do their work and now it had been proven their members were unsafe.  “As Denosa, we call on the provincial government to allow the department of health to manage the safety of facilities.  We call on the department of health to stop outsourcing security as most of these are always found wanting and not well resourced, let alone efficient.”

  • Read more of this Afro Voice report by France Nyaka at SA Labour News
  • Read Denosa’s press statement in this regard at Cosatu News

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