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denosa thumb medium60 92News24 reports that the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) says a report by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) that R13.3 billion of personal protective equipment (PPE) procurement is subject to investigation makes it clear that healthcare workers were "never the priority to protect".  

The trade union was reacting to the SIU's report delivered on Friday, which outlined investigations that had been finalised, as well as the outcomes of some of those investigations.  A total of R30.7 billion was spent by state institutions between April and November 2020, of which R13.3 billion was subject to SIU investigations, head of the unit Andy Mothibi revealed during a briefing.  Mothibi lamented the "insatiable pursuit of self-enrichment" by officials in all spheres of government, which was revealed in the investigations.  Denosa reacted that the government and implicated companies owed healthcare workers an apology and an explanation, as well as recourse, because many were still feeling the effects of infections, while the families of those who had died had lost breadwinners and parents.  It added that companies that rovided workers with substandard PPEs set the sector up for failure, placing many people's lives on the line.  Denosa wants the money that is recovered to be used to buy quality PPE to protect healthcare workers in the wake of warnings of a third wave.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Sesona Ngqakamba at News24
  • Read too, PPE corruption shows health workers were never a priority, says nursing union, at TimesLIVE

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