The Young Nurses Indaba Trade Union on Wednesday took its grievances to the streets, marching to the Department of Health offices in Tshwane to hand over a memorandum of demands.
Top of the list was a demand for the department to offer permanent employment to contracted health care workers, whom it said had been working in the front lines during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The union, which said the health care facilities are battling with shortages of staff, also wants hospitals refurbished.
Meanwhile, the Covid-19 cases continue to soar, peaking at 3 785 in the past 24 hours.
According to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases of South Africa, 1 685 of the new cases were identified in Gauteng, followed by 1 056 in KwaZulu-Natal, and Western Cape came third at 473.
#COVID19 UPDATE: 21,518 tests were conducted in the last 24hrs, with 3,785 new cases, which represents a 17.6% positivity rate. Today @HealthZA reports 7 deaths; of which 2 occurred in the past 24–48 hrs. Total fatalities are 100,377 to date: https://t.co/cmU0UatFnW pic.twitter.com/AZbWSjy6lx
— NICD (@nicd_sa) May 3, 2022
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