The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] is angry at the growing violent attacks on health care workers throughout the province and including the recent attacks by gun wielding thugs who shot and wounded three medical officers at their place of residence located within the Letaba Hospital premises.
These attacks comes amidst a wave of attacks and robberies on health care professionals including nurses who are raped and assaulted while on duty resulting in the withdrawal from rendering 24 hour service to our communities. These attacks takes us many steps backward in terms of attaining access to quality health care for all hence it must be condemned with the contempt it deserves.
These violent crimes against health care workers bring into the spotlight the deficiency of security in our health facilities and the helplessness of our department as it has outsourced the security service to private companies. It is worth noting that a few months ago in Letaba hospital a nurse was stabbed while on duty and suffered serious wounds. We have raised it on many occasions the need to re-insource security in all health facilities so that the department can fully develop a new risk and security strategy which would be implemented by the department and turn around this deficiency in risk and security.
NEHAWU further wishes a speedy recovery to all the victims and call on the SAPS to move with speed and apprehend the perpetrators of this heinous crime.
Issued by NEHAWU Limpopo
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