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KZN floods: Denosa calls on govt to clear roads to healthcare centres

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) says there are hundreds of KZN residents in need of medical assistance.

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A nurse has been struck off the UK medical register. Photo:
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The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) has called on Government to assist. Denosa says that Government needs to prioritise clearing routes to hospitals, clinics and healthcare facilities across KwaZulu-Natal.

Denosa says many KZN residents NEED treatment

On Thursday, 14 April, Denosa revealed that hundreds of residents in KZN are in ‘desperate’ need of healthcare assistance. Denosa shared that many facilities in the province have been impacted by the heavy downpours and floods.

Gaining access to hospitals has been nearly impossible for healthcare professionals and patients in need of care. Denosa said that community healthcare centres have been experiencing increasing numbers of trauma cases.

Challenges with the transportation of patients through ambulances have also arisen. This is due to the fact that a number of roads in KZN have been washed away and have been blocked by mud and trees.

Many roads in KZN have suffered insane damages due to the heavy downpours and flooding. Photo: GCIS / Flickr

Chronic patients, water, electricity and network coverage are concerns

Denosa further made note of chronic patients. The Organisation is concerned that patients on chronic medication, who are in need of it, may not be able to access it. 

The acting KZN secretary for Denosa Mbali Sabela spoke about the challenges of not having access to water and electricity. She shared that it is difficult to reach out to people as networks are down as well, reports EWN.

“We are facing challenges around access to water and electricity. There’s no network so it’s very difficult to reach out to those that live where there’s no network. Healthcare workers are also unable to get to work and those that are at work are unable to get home.”

Mbali Sabela, Denosa acting secretary for KZN

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