By Thys Khiba
Mahikeng – As the world commemorated International Nurses Day, North West (NW) MEC for Health, Madoda Sambatha says that the role of nurses in health care is irreplaceable, and they should be celebrated for their value.
“Today we honour our nurses, the entire health care workforce and the health unions for their dedication and commitment during Covid-19 response. It is only when our nurses in all our facilities across the province continue with their commitment to fight this pandemic and care for our people that we will eventually win this battle,” said Sambatha.
Sambatha has also thanked the nurses for the ‘sterling’ job that they have been doing in the fight against Covid-19. According to the department of health in the North West province, nurses are the only professionals who get a chance to serve everyone, both the poor and the rich individuals.
12 May, International Nurses’ Day is commemorated annually, as it also used to recognise and celebrate the birthday of the founder of modern day nursing, Florence Nightingale.
The MEC for Health in the North West province, Sambatha has also used his International Nurses’ Day message to call on all the nurses who have registered for Covid-19 vaccination to come forward and be vaccinated. The province has administrated 23 031 vaccines.
“Nurses are our front-liners and more at risk for Covid-19 than any other category. That is why we prioritised them for Phase 1 vaccination. All nurses who registered to vaccinate, should urgently come forward to take their jab and those who are yet to register should do so as we seek to conclude Phase 1 of vaccination,” said Sambatha.
Meanwhile, the North West province has recorded 69 475 Covid-19 cases with 64 398 recoveries. This means that the province has 92,7% recovery rate.
In addition, North West is currently having 3 319 active cases, of which 185 cases were identified in the last 24 hours.