Cecilia Makiwane nurses stage silent protest

DispatchLive writes that nursing staff at Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in Mdantsane downed tools on Tuesday morning demanding the provincial health department close the entire building off for decontamination and provide them with “proper” protective equipment. Six of their colleagues have died after complications stemming from Covid-19, they said. The nurses embarked on a silent protest outside the building on Tuesday. Questions were sent to provincial health spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo, but he had not responded by print deadline on Tuesday.

Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA provincial secretary  Khaya Sodidi said the department was failing to protect its workers. He said the health department was “not taking the front-liners seriously” when it came to fumigation and deep cleaning as they insisted it was enough to wipe down small areas where known cases had been. “Management wants to clean up and get back to work now, which is not supposed to be the case. ” We need to give those decontaminated areas a reasonable amount of time before work resumes.”

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