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DENOSA urges citizens to drive carefully this Easter Weekend, keeping in mind the shortage of healthcare workers in the country   

Media statement

Thursday, 01 April 2021

As millions of people will be on the road from this afternoon to various destination for the Easter Weekend, the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) would like to urge them to travel safely and follow all the rules of the road at all times to ensure they arrive safely.

They must also remember that, because of the National Treasury’s austerity measures and commitment to further limit the number of healthcare workers in public facilities, the country is experiencing a severe shortage of healthcare workers in our healthcare facilities. This means, essentially, that the time it often takes for healthcare workers to arrive at places of road accidents and to be attended to when they get to healthcare facilities is much longer than it should be when there were enough nurses and other healthcare workers. This delay, because of the shortage of staff, often leads to many patients succumbing to their injuries.

It a matter of public knowledge now that road carnages are amongst the highest contributors to the country’s deaths. Because many road accidents are caused by the consumption of alcohol, DENOSA is pleased that alcohol sales for outside consumption will be prohibited from Friday until Monday. This is likely to lead to decreased number of accidents, which often put more strain on the already overstretched healthcare system in the country.  

Many nurses who are fully qualified and ready to work are sitting at home because of budget cuts in provinces. They are ready to start work any time of the day.  

We urge citizens to exercise extreme caution on the road, obey the rules, to get enough rests while on their trips and observe COVID-19 protocols at all times.

DENOSA wishes great strength and protection to all nurses, and particularly our members, many of whom will be hard at work saving lives this Easter Weekend.

We wish all South Africans a healthy and safe Easter Weekend.

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

For more information, contact:

Sibongiseni Delihlazo, DENOSA Spokesperson.  

Mobile: 072 584 4175  

Email:  sibongisenid@denosa.org.za

Website: www.denosa.org.za

Facebook: DENOSA National Page

Twitter: @DENOSAORG