Media Statement: KZN Health update amid national shutdown/protests

20 March 2023

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health's facilities, including hospitals, Community Health Centres, Clinics, and Medico-Legal Mortuaries are today operating as usual, with no reports of interruptions caused by the national shutdown planned for today (Monday 20 march 2021).

As at midday today, all employees of the Department reported to work accordingly, with entrances and roads leading to facilities being clear. A meeting with all District Managers and strategic officials of the department reported zero disturbances, with teams continuing to monitor everywhere, while working closely with law enforcement agencies.

The emergency services are also working smoothly and on standby to assist communities as per the norm.

The Head of Department Dr Sandile Tshabalala, has thanked all department workers who pitched for work today for heeding the call to save lives and not participate in the stay away as they are designated as essential workers.

"We are receiving an hourly update from all Districts and, as at midday today, there were no reports of interruptions to our operations. All workers reported for duty, and we are grateful that no worker is absent from work due to the stayaway. We are also pleased that none of our workers were intimidated or blocked from reporting for duty. Most of our staff members at facility level are classified as essential workers and they understand that very well. We do also want to call upon whoever may be planning to interrupt them during the course of duty to cease from doing that as it may put hundreds of lives at risk of dying.

"The Department wishes to express its gratitude to all employees who heeded the call to come to work and continue with the quest of saving lives. Your commitment, discipline and dedication to your work is highly commendable."

Dr Tshabalala also sought to draw the attention of all staff members to circulars issued by the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) which warned employees about the implications participating in the strike, as well as the dire consequences defying it.

The KZN Department of Health is continuing to monitor the situation in all corners of the province, and is in constant contact with law enforcement agencies to ensure operations are not hampered.

Issued by the KZN Department of Health.

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