The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa notes the incident that took place involving a pregnant woman who was assisted by a taxi driver in Zululand in Wednesday.
We note the statements made on social media and issuing of statement by the department attacking nurses without hearing the true story of what transpired in the situation
As nurses, we feel offended that a perception is created out there that any one can become a nurse.
The year 2020 has been declared as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife by the World Health Organization and we expect all those involved in the health system to praise nurses when due and not only to comment about nurses when negative incidences occured.
We do not condone any unprofessional behaviours in the health system but let us praise when it is due and discourage wrong behaviour when it occurs.
The Department of Health has failed nurses in that over the years it has been failing to deal with gross shortage in the department, but nurses have been holding the forte to service our communities without fail. The same department has never openly showed appreciation towards them for working under unbearable conditions.
We urge those in the leadership of the department to respect processes without judging those involved without facts having been established first.
We are still investigating the matter as the nursing organisation to get to the bottom of the incident where a taxi driver ended up assisting the mother to deliver the baby.