Cape health workers voice concern on International Nurses Day

What was supposed to be a celebratory ceremony in the Western Cape took a sombre turn when irate healthcare workers crashed the occasion. Courtesy of #DStv403

CAPE TOWN - What was supposed to be a celebratory ceremony in the Western Cape took a sombre turn when irate healthcare workers crashed the occasion to voice their concerns.

Western Cape Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo lit a candle at Tygerberg Hospital to honour and celebrate those who put their lives at risk every day to save ours -- our healthcare workers.

"The world needs nurses more than any other time.

"Nurses are a voice to lead, and the theme it talks about the nurse leading especially now it’s the time of the COVID," said Mbombo.

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But the ceremony quickly took a turn when unhappy hospital nursing staff arrived in their numbers.

This on the back of the loss one of their colleagues to COVID-19 just this week.

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"I don't feel like celebrating, because I'm in grief, I'm grieving about the members, I'm grieving about the nursing staff laying there in hospital fighting for their lives," said Amina Pinto, one of the nurses.

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