Nehawu takes state to court for not protecting health workers during COVID-19
The National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) says it is taking the health department to court for the department's failure in protecting health workers during the coronavirus outbreak.
The union says it wants to force the government protect its members who are on duty and at risk of contracting COVID-19.
Even after numerous reports about the lac of protective gear for health professionals, the union says there is no rollout plan by government to provide protective gear.
Clement Manyathela on the Midday Report speaks to Nehawu general-secretary Zola Saphetha and Department of Health deputy director-general Dr Yogan Pillay to weigh in on the matter.
There is anxiety, anger and fear generally in all hospitals where we have members because they are subjected to conditions where they are risking their lives. We are encouraging our members to speak to their managers to give them protective gear.Zola Saphetha, General-secretary - Nehawu
He says the union efforts to engage with the government about the matter have not worked, thus going to court is the only option.
Pillay says the department is concerned about protecting the lives of health workers.
Without health workers, we cannot run the health service and provide health services. There is a global shortage of personal protective equipment [PPE] as every country is fighting against this pandemic.Dr Yogan Pillay, Deputy director-general - Department of Health
Listen below to the full conversation:
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