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DENOSA urges travelers to drive safely this festive season as there may be few health workers in cases of accidents 

Media statement  

Friday, 14 December 2018 


As many people embark on trips to various holiday destinations from, the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) once again urges all those who will be on the road to drive safely and obey the rules of the road at all times, because there may be few nurses to take care of accident casualties in many health facilities nearer to where accidents often take place this time of the year, especially around rural areas. 

We would like to send a reminder that during this time of the year, many patients succumb to their injuries during accidents not because of the severity of the injuries sustained, but because of the time it takes to get medical help largely due to shortage of health workers. In some health facilities on the outskirts of the cities, casualty units and other critical sections don’t have enough nurses and some patients get to be referred to facilities that are far away, and some patients are lost while on the way. 

The shortage of nurses is something that DENOSA has complained about throughout the years, and unfortunately the harsh consequences of this shortage are felt by the sick and vulnerable at the time of great need. In many health facilities, due to shortage, community service nurses (trainee nurses) and enrolled or staff nurses (whose duty is to play supportive role to professional nurses) with not enough experience are often made to head up units and be in charge of clinics, which compromises both their careers and the quality patient care service.  

To prevent exposure to this compromised quality healthcare, DENOSA urges motorists to obey the rules of the road, get enough rest whenever they get tired and drink enough water so that they remain hydrated throughout their journey.

“We also call upon community organisations to constantly monitor staffing levels in health facilities in communities where they are, so that they are able to raise red flags on time when their community members are exposed to poor health service as a result of the shortage,” says DENOSA Acting General Secretary, Cassim Lekhoathi.

“Time is of essence during accidents, and the longer it takes for patients to receive urgent care the more the patient is likely to complicate and even succumb to injuries.” 

With load shedding already upon us, DENOSA also urges management of health facilities to ensure that standby generators have been serviced and are ready to kick-start whenever power outages occur. Many facilities have been caught off-guard in the past, and critical healthcare service got interrupted.  

DENOSA also wishes all health workers in general, and nurses in particular, good health and resilience during this busy time as most will be on duty saving lives. 

On behalf of nurses, DENOSA wishes all South Africans a Healthy and Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. 


Issued by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) 

For more information, contact:

Cassim Lekhoathi, DENOSA Acting General Secretary 

Mobile: 082 328 9671


Simon Hlungwani, DENOSA President 

Mobile: 082 328 9635 


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