PPE shortages put Eastern Cape health workers at risk: Denosa

PORT ELIZABETH – Nurses’ union Denosa said shortages of protective gear are putting Eastern Cape health workers at risk of contracting COVID-19.

The province already has over 500 confirmed cases.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has given directives to properly prepare the province for a spike.

READ: COVID-19: Death toll up as Limpopo, Eastern Cape record first casualties

Mkhize said specialists coming from Cuba will also be deployed to the province.

Denosa provincial secretary Khaya Sodidi said the deployment will come in handy.

“We’ve been having concerns about capacity in the province,” said Sodidi.

READ: Mkhize: We have secured enough PPEs

He said PPE shortages are one of the main reasons they’ve been calling for Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba to step down.

“We have raised it directly with her office and the premier’s office,” Sodidi said.

“The premier apologised for mishaps which have happened. The plea was that the MEC should be given a chance so that she can take us through these turbulent times.”

READ: Denosa calls for greater protection of nurses

Nelson Mandela Bay university where 800 beds have been set aside, is now serving as a quarantine site.

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