To mark the end of Public Service month the Northern Cape Department of Health on Friday 28th September honored a total of 50 graduating nursing students from different categories of nursing in the province. Hosted at the Tabernacle in Kimberley, the graduates have been placed at various facilities in the province until their community service hours have fulfilled their contractual obligations.
Honorary guests included MEC for Health Fufe Makatong, who in her address committed to implementing the Nursing Strategy as well as the mentoring, improving and developing our nurses at healthcare facilities and Henrietta Stockdale Nursing College. “Part of my Thuma-Mina activities during this financial year is to open newly completed health facilities and filling health posts to improve service delivery as well as the concerns of our staff with whom I have been meeting on a regular basis in the dialogues and other platforms.
To date, a total of 771 Health Facility Assistants has been employed and distributed throughout the province in order to ensure equity and to address areas where there haven’t been adequate staff at facilities. It also becomes imperative to note that we are in the process of giving attention to Henrietta Stockdale Nursing College to ensure that it meets these standards to be able to implement the new nursing programmes required. Not forgetting our mandate to expand the College satellites, to increase the intake as well as the number of programmes offered.
In July 2018, we employed 17 additional lecturers and clinical lecturers in order to assist with the establishment of the Clinical Training Units as well as strengthening the Clinical Department at the Nursing College as per the National Policy and Nursing Strategy.” MEC Makatong said. Public Service Month plays a crucial role in improving the morale of public servants and inculcates a sense of pride in being a public servant.
Through this programme, the Department says it will strive to instill and reinforce good ethics and professionalism in how public servants do their work, as well as recommitting and rededicating public servants to the principles of Batho Pele. During the graduation and pledge of service, specific trophies were also awarded to 7 graduates related to professional growth and leadership, academic growth and progress, and best in both theory and practical during their period of study.
MEC Makatong further called upon those unemployed and possessing nursing qualification to approach the department for possible placement. “We are aware of the shortage of nurses and we are calling on graduates and nurses to approach us so that we can employ and place this critical skill in the areas needed.” MEC Makatong concluded.