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Zweli MkhizeEngineering News reports that in a bid to ensure continuous engagement with all stakeholders critical to the fight against Covid-19, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has given a directive for occupational health and safety committees to be created at provincial, district and local hospital levels.  

This was reported in a statement issued on Wednesday by the Department of Health (DoH) following the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union’s (Nehawu’s) announcement that it planned to protest the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) for workers.  “The Department of Health recognises the critical role to be played by labour in representing their members’ views during this period.  We reiterate our commitment that no health worker should be exposed to a work environment where they have not been provided with sufficient PPE,” it said.  The DOH also pointed out that in June a Multi-Sectoral Ministerial Advisory Committee (Mac) had been launched, of which organised labour was a part.  In July, Mkhize requested a labour work stream by the committee to work on a fact finding exercise focusing on issues affecting health workers with specific focus on the PPE requirements.  He also requested that it identify specific facilities with shortages so that the DoH could intervene.  That exercise is apparently ongoing.


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