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DENOSA Eastern Cape and Health MEC to lead nurses in commemorating International Nurses Day on 18 May in Mdantsane and to reflect on successes and challenges

17 May 2017

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in Eastern Cape, in collaboration with the provincial Department of Health, will lead thousands of nurses in the province in commemorating International Nurses Day (IND) on Thursday 18 May at Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in Mdantsane where they will reflect on both successes and challenges that nursing is faced with.

The theme for this year’s International Nurses Day is: ‘Nurses: A Voice To Lead – Achieving Sustainable Development Goals’, which calls on all nurses throughout the world to do their bit in every SDG, as each is closely linked to health. It also calls on nurses to come forth and show the role they are playing in the achievement of every SDG.

DENOSA provincial leadership, National Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer in South Africa, Dr Nonhlanhla Makhanya, and Health MEC in Eastern Cape, Dr Phumza Dyantyi, will all address nurses, who will be coming from all corners of the province, about many challenges that the profession is faced with in the province. These challenges will make the role of nurses in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) almost impossible if they are not addressed with urgency.

The United Nations (UN) launched 17 SDGs in September 2015 as new goals for the world to strive to achieve by year 2030. Goal 1, for example, calls on the world to have No Poverty. Goal 2 calls for Zero Hunger. Goal 3, which is health related, calls for Good Health and Wellbeing among citizens. Because other SDGs are closely linked to health and are what we term Social Determinants of Health (SDH), achievement of other goals will almost automatically or indirectly lead to the achievement of SDG 3 which talks to health.

DENOSA is proud that in South Africa, nurses are committed to achieving the SDGs, and that many constraints in facilities are the main causes that restrict nurses from being highly effective. For example, many nurses especially in our rural facilities go an extra mile in their work by embarking on nutritious and gardening projects, but shortage in facilities restrict many nurses to clinics, CHCs and hospitals when they could be at schools, homes and other avenues.

DATE: Thursday 18 May 2017
TIME: 09h00 – 15h00
VENUE: Cecilia Makiwane Hospital, Mdantsane (new Hospital Auditorium)
CONTACT DETAILS: DENOSA Provincial Secretary: Khaya Sodidi MOBILE: 082 775 7734