More than 1200 nurses from Limpopo gathered at the United Reformed Church of South Africa (URCSA) in Flora Park in Polokwane on 29 May.
DENOSA Deputy General Secretary, Kwena Manamela, and Health MEC, Dr Phophi Ramathuba, addressed nurses and both highlighted key areas that needed ape I am attention, namely shortage of staff and equipment as well as safety in the workplace.
Kwena Manamela said nurses are still expected to deliver miracles in facilities despite the shortages, and that they are always expected to improvise in the delivery of healthcare in facilities.
MEC Ramathuba said nurses have gone far beyond their scope of duty and she commended them for their dedication. Furthermore, she said as she is still the MEC of Health, she will make sure that nurses and health facilities get the good deal in as far as working conditions.
As a starting point, she promised that she will follow the Human Resource Department on cases where nurses, or any other health worker, are not employed to replace those who have resigned or retired.
To keep the Department young, she encouraged young nurses to take over the baton from those who have been in the system for many years, also urging the old to mentor the young and upcoming nurses.
Nurses also renewed their pledge of service, as a symbol of their commitment to the noble profession.