By Thys Khiba
“On behalf of the Free State government and the community I would like to thank all the nursing staff for their unwavering spirit and dedication.”
QwaQwa – Free State MEC for health, Montseng Tsiu has used her International Nurses’ Day message to speak about the importance of psychological social support for professional nurses.
“I have come to realise the significance of psychological social support for our nurses. Constant debriefing seasons are sacrosanct and must become a common practice in our work place,” said Tsiu.
Tsiu says that occupational health and safety are essential part of the employer’s responsibility in order for nurses to be productive and efficient.
“Many studies have shown that supported nurses remain motivated and become more productive,” said Tsiu.
The political head of the health department in the Free State province, Tsiu says that if nurses are supported, that will improve the efficiency of public service and ultimately produce the desired health outcomes.
“Improved health outcomes and efficient utilisation of our fiscus is possible and doable.”
In addition, Tsiu indicates that the restructuring of her department is in process, hence strengthening critical components of their department such as re-establishing units like the nursing doctorate which are important for health service delivery.
Tsiu says that reengineering of the nursing services are at the center stage of the health reform.
“It was not a mistake when the Alma-Ata declaration declared a district health services model based on Primary Health Care approach as the way to go.”
Meanwhile, the Free State premier Sisi Ntombela has saluted professional nurses for their continuous dedication to their work in the midst of, what she called, the devastation, brought by coronavirus.
“I would like to take this moment to wish all our nurses well on this day, which is International Nurses Day and also thank them for their continued loyal service to their country,” said Ntombela.
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