NW health department seeks military assistance as strike continues

The Department of Health in the North West says it is working to get assistance from the military amid a strike by workers affiliated to the National Health Education & Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU).

Staff have been on the go-slow for a few months now, citing the lack of bonus payments and corruption allegations in the department.

This has caused the shut down of a number of health facilities, as well as a medicine shortage at medical depots.

Health MEC Dr. Magome Masike says the department has done a needs analysis and is waiting for the military to respond.

We have asked for help from the SA military services, we have given them what we need in terms of the nurses and doctors and whether they could help us to transport medication to wherever we need them.

Dr Magome Masike, NW health MEC

As you know, some facilities are closed, so what is happening is the Mafikeng Provincial Hospital is full and the queues are long, we really need help.

Dr Magome Masike, NW health MEC

She says a contingency plan is in place to supply medication directly to hospitals.

Masike says the union has agreed on a mediation process.

Irrespective of the tensions, we reached a stage where we agree don mediation and that we still have to take further.

Dr Magome Masike, NW health MEC

The negotiating climate is conducive for a resolution.

Dr Magome Masike, NW health MEC

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