EC nurses refuse to treat COVID-19 patients without PPEs

Some health care workers including nurses have been suspended in the Eastern Cape over a patient's death. It's alleged they refused to help the patient suspected of having the coronavirus because they didn't have proper protective gear. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG – Eastern Cape Health MEC, Sindiswa Gomba says she aware that several nurses at Grey Hospital in King Williams Town have reportedly refused to assist COVID-19 patients

It is alleged that they refused to help the patient suspected of having COVID-19 because they didn’t have protective gear.

“Dr. Mbengashe did give me a report to say on the basis that this is not the first occurrence at Grey Hospital where nurses to touch or nurse a COVID-19 patient and this time there is death.

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He is going to be giving me a report on the action that is to follow. He did give me a report but that report was not conclusive in terms of the number of suspensions,” says Gomba.

Gomba says she is waiting for another report which should include the reasons behind the suspensions.

"The reason for the suspension is that it is not in his view that it was only about PPEs because the PPEs were available at the hospital and that is the report I got on the suspension of the nurses."

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