Home Nursing union threatens strike amid coronavirus outbreak

Nursing union threatens strike amid coronavirus outbreak

The Young Nurses Indaba Trade Union claims members are not being equipped or trained properly to deal with Covid-19 cases.

JOHANNESBURG – As government scrambles to find ways to fight the spread of the coronavirus a nursing union is threatening to withdraw its members from hospitals,

The Young Nurses Indaba Trade Union claims members are not being equipped or trained properly to deal with COVID-19 cases.

Health care professionals are at the coalface of the fight against virus.

But the union said its members had not been trained and equipped to respond to the spread of the virus and have been relying on media for information.

Spokesperson Lerato Gova said their members were vulnerable and exposed.

When asked if they are still considering downing tools, she said: “Our healthcare providers’ lives also matter.”

She said at some point, workers could not continue working like this: “It will be irresponsible for us to say it’s okay.”

The union has called on government to ensure all hospitals designated to deal with the coronavirus are adequately equipped with protective gear.

WATCH: South Africa’s coronavirus interventions

To track the latest developments around the coronavirus both in South Africa and abroad, click on this live status report from Strategix.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Must Read

The land of our forebears will be returned to the people of our country, says Ramaphosa

ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa waves to supporters, 6 January 2022, at the Mokopane,...

UN Secretary-General congratulates government, people of Zambia – South.Africa.com

The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has congratulated the government and people of Zambia, after that country’s electoral commission...

Ivory Coast to begin Ebola vaccinations after case confirmed in Abidjan – South.Africa.com

Ivory Coast said it would begin vaccinating health workers and others in the commercial capital Abidjan against Ebola on...

Zambia’s President-elect, Hakainde Hichilema to deliver acceptance speech – South.Africa.com

Zambia’s President-elect, Hakainde Hichilema, is expected to deliver his acceptance speech shortly. The Electoral Commission of Zambia declared him...

Nigeria says killing of Muslim travellers was ‘prearranged’ – South.Africa.com

The killing of 23 people returning from a Muslim festival in Nigeria was a premeditated ambush for which suspects...