KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala has assured the health workers across the province that they are the most valuable resource as the country battles a rampant upsurge in Covid-19 cases.
Premier Zikalala’s assurance comes as nurses in some health facilities are reported to have embarked on picket action over the rising number of infections among frontline workers.
The Premier has also reminded all healthcare professionals of the established communication channels and platforms that exist which can be used to raise any concerns or grievances that they might have.
This includes regular meetings that the KZN Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu and Head of Department convene regularly with organised labour to discuss matters of mutual interest.
The Premier said as concerns about the Covid-19 health turmoil increase, the province is placing its hope and trust in all health workers to continue to fight the pandemic on the frontline.
"While we understand that essential workers are themselves not insulated from contracting the virus, we know they will lead us in winning this war. At this point in time, every minute or hour that we lose due to protest action becomes an opportunity for the virus to strengthen itself and the toll it is taking against our people – which is something we can ill-afford at this time.
“As government, we are prioritising the safety of our health workers. We have stocked enough supplies of Personal Protective Equipment, and we are providing support to all those infected and affected so that they can recover speedily.
“As government we know in no uncertain terms that if we can’t keep our doctors and nurses safe, we risk losing this herculean battle. It is our health workers that are in close proximity to this pandemic and are keeping us alive every day. We value their unquestionable sense of patriotism,” said Premier Sihle Zikalala.
Premier Zikalala is appealing to all concerned essential workers to continue to give their compassion, solidarity and a show of civic duty because the hardships the country and province are experiencing at this difficult time are shared by all equally.
"As government, we are constantly balancing the need to save lives with ensuring that our frontline soldiers stay safe from this highly contagious virus. We have entered the period of crisis as our health system is now dealing with an increased number of infected patients. Now, more than ever before, we need the bravery, commitment and patriotism of all our health workers.”
The safety of our healthcare workers is our number one priority and we ask of all citizens to celebrate and motivate our essential workers as they engage daily in combat against the COVID-19 pandemic to save humanity.