The COVID-19 crisis has brought into sharp focus the work of nurses worldwide.
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JOHANNESBURG - The COVID-19 crisis has brought into sharp focus the work of nurses worldwide.
May 12 is International Nurses Day and while there are many who sacrifice for our health and safety, their protection is being compromised.
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize is in Kwa-Zulu-Natal.
In the Eastern Cape, there have been protests at various clinics over shortages of Personal Protective Equipment.
Mkhize, Deputy Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla, together with MECs for Health in all nine provinces will hold a special candlelight ceremony for all nurses in the country.
Phaahla will participate from Gauteng.
It is very fitting that 2020 will be remembered as the year that the COVID-19 pandemic shook healthcare systems to their core and where, more than ever before, nurses rose to the challenge of caring for patients on the frontline.
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