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nehawu80TimesLIVE reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) on Tuesday briefed the media on what it said was a fact-finding mission on the state's readiness to confront Covid-19 in hospitals.  

General secretary Zola Saphetha advised that the site visits were undertaken in response to complaints from union members about their working conditions.  He detailed the report’s findings and outlined recommendations that would help improve conditions.  The report indicated that in almost all health-care institutions that were visited, Nehawu’s teams found that there were “generalised shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) four months after the union was told by government there was enough PPE in stock, and that it was undertaking additional procurement to replenish what was in the warehouses.”  It also highlighted that in some institutions, cleaning staff and porters were left unprotected because of the misconception that PPE was only for clinical staff.  In all public institutions visited, the shortage of staff was one of the primary factors raised, not only by workers, but also by some managers.  Two members of Nehawu were apparently given final written warnings by management for refusing to perform their duties without PPE at the Tygerberg Hospital.  Additionally, the Nehawu team found “an unfolding disaster in the maternity ward at Dora Nginza Hospital.”

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Cebelihle Bhengu at TimesLIVE
  • Read too, Nehawu threatens to shut SA down in September over PPE, at BusinessLive

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