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protestGroundUp reports that staff at Northdale Hospital in Pietermaritzburg picketed on Tuesday inside the hospital’s premises demanding safer working conditions and more personal protective equipment (PPE).  This was the second picket in a week.  

One nurse said conditions in the hospital were not safe for staff or patients during the Covid-19 pandemic.  The nurse claimed:  “Patients who have tested positive are put in the same ward with patients who have other illnesses. We have raised that with the management but they have failed to listen and correct that. Covid-19 positive patients use the same bathrooms. They are not separated from other patients.”  She also claimed patients did not have enough food.  Another nurse said the hospital was opening more wards to take in Covid-19 positive patients, but staff were not trained on how to handle infections.  “There is a shortage of staff and PPE. We have to keep wearing the same gowns which is not safe,” the nurse claimed.  Sihle Makhaye of trade union Nehawu said workers were at risk and management was “avoiding meetings”.  A spokesperson for the health department denied that there was a shortage of food in the hospital and, on other issues, indicated they were currently being resolved.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Nompendulo Ngubane at GroundUp


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