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KZN nurses get R14m home

2011-02-08 15:34

Durban - Nurses from Nkandla Hospital will live in a newly-built nurses' home worth R14m, the KwaZulu-Natal department of health said on Tuesday.

"The department has placed greater emphasis on retaining nursing staff by providing accommodation. The stresses of the job can be compounded by poor accommodation," KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo said in a statement.

He said the purpose of the nurses' home was to ensure that nurses did not leave the hospital to seek better employment in other areas because of lack of accommodation.

"The hospital is in a rural area. People leave and find areas more hospitable. They seek hospitals near cities and Nkandla Hospital faces a disadvantage by producing nurses for other hospitals," said Dhlomo.

Nkandla Hospital was also a training school for auxiliary nurses with 228 nurses passing per intake.

"These high numbers of staff nurses training resulted in a strike 1995 where nurses and students demanded accommodation.

"Following the strike and high disease burden in the district, the department decided to build a new nurses' home at the cost of around R14m," he said.

The nurses' home would be opened on Friday.

On the same day, the R8,5m Gateway Clinic, in Nkandla, would be officially opened.

"The hospital has an outpatient headcount of 800 people per month," said Dhlomo.

Comments
  • kolobe - 2011-02-08 15:47

    its happening all in Nkandla

  • Bratt - 2011-02-08 15:48

    and ofcourse this has nothing to do with the fact that ol' JZ comes from there? Would be interesting to know who go the tender to build this 'home', and how it was awarded.

      robertgunning - 2011-02-08 16:02

      lets find out then.

  • Monica - 2011-02-08 15:57

    I have a nanny that is paying a lot of money to have her daughter trained as a nurse. I do believe that you should give the yong woman a chance to train for this. How much money is this person making on her own for getting the grant from the state. She is so privalege. It is sad that you make a big issue of these establishments without making money out of it. It is state grants and a friend of Zuma or friends of the ANC party that can make these things happen. Go out and vote for another pary and your money from taxes will be well-spent!

  • johns54 - 2011-02-08 16:00

    So used to seeing Schools, etc costing R70 mil plus and more now days that this seems very cheep.... strangely so

  • Tebza! - 2011-02-08 16:07

    Maybe the many Parliamentarians from the Eastern Cape can learn 1 thing or 2 from JZ

  • Monde - 2011-02-08 16:23

    providing accomodation to people who can afford to provide for themselves, have we no more shacks???

  • Paul - 2011-02-08 16:43

    And for just 86 million rand more they could have had a party.

  • steven.m.armour - 2011-02-08 20:18

    Lets all move Great trek part 2

  • AJ - 2011-02-09 06:45

    If you're going to spend resources on fixing up your own village first, at least try be a bit clever about it. Dont throw it in people's faces. I dont have a problem with the spend on retaining nurses rurally by dangling accommodation as a carrot. However if I was president my village or area would be one of the last to receive attention, so as to avoid the obvious conclusion.

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