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50 nursing graduates for Province

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Makatong urged those with nursing qualifications to approach the department for possible employment

HEALTH CARE BOOST: The Northern Cape MEC for Health, Fufe Makatong, HOD Dr Steven Jonkers and the acting college principal, Dr Willimse, with the 50 nursing graduates.

IN AN ATTEMPT to address issues of shortage of staff and speedy health care delivery, the Northern Cape Department of Health has placed 50 nursing graduates at various facilities in the Province.

Department spokesperson, Lebogang Mahaja, said that the department celebrated the graduation of the nursing students at the Tabernacle in Kimberley on Friday.

Mahaja pointed out that the nursing students had graduated during the conclusion of Public Service Month, which highlights and introduces them to the importance of serving the community.

“Public Service Month plays a crucial role in improving the morale of public servants and inculcates a sense of pride in being a public servant. Through this programme, the department strives to instil and reinforce good ethics and professionalism in how public servants do their work, as well as recommitting and rededicating public servants to the principles of Batho Pele.

“The Batho Pele principles are about getting public servants to perform their responsibilities diligently. They are about encouraging innovation in governance and motivating public servants to constantly strive towards professionalism and the promotion of best practices,” Mahaja said.

He said that the MEC for Health, Fufe Makatong, had emphasised during the graduation ceremony the need to appoint qualified health professionals across the Province in order to provide health services to communities.

“Part of the MEC’s Thuma Mina activities during this financial year is to open newly completed health facilities and fill health posts to improve service delivery, as well as dealing with the concerns of our staff with whom the department had been meeting on a regular basis in dialogues and other platforms.

“To date, a total of 771 health facility assistants have been employed and distributed throughout the Province in order to ensure equity and to address areas where there haven’t been adequate staff at facilities.

“It also becomes imperative to note that the department is in the process of giving attention to Henrietta Stockdale Nursing College to ensure that it meets these standards to be able to implement the new nursing programmes required. We will also not forget our mandate to expand the college satellite in order to increase the intake as well as the number of programmes offered.”

Mahaja said that Makatong urged those with nursing qualifications to approach the department for possible employment.

“The MEC called upon those unemployed and possessing nursing qualifications to approach the department for possible placement. We are aware of the shortage of nurses and we are calling on graduates and nurses to approach us.”