Troops fortify healthcare

Date: 08 Jun 2007
The North West Health Department deployed members of the Defence Force and emergency medical services to help in three provincial hospitals yesterday after nurses left their posts. Spokesman Lesiba Molala said that nursing staff had been “removed” from the Mafikeng, Rustenburg and Vryburg hospitals by strikers yesterday. “(Strikers) were chanting slogans and singing,” he said. No one had been assaulted in the process and no property was damaged. “We have contingency plans and have arranged for patients to go to private hospitals,” he said. State hospitals in the province had been largely unaffected by the industrial action until now. Preliminary matric exams have been postponed at two Mafikeng High Schools after they were closed due to striker-related disruptions earlier this week. “Exams will resume after the strike is over,” said Education Department spokesman Charles Raseala. By Cathy Thompson The Citizen 08/06/07