More nurses for Limpopo

Monday, March 1, 2010

Pretoria - In an effort to provide quality healthcare to patients, Limpopo is to increase nursing staff in the province's health facilities.

On Friday, the Provincial Department of Health and Social Development will admit 234 auxiliary nurses and 347 enrolled nurses into its ranks.

Departmental spokesperson, Selby Makgotho, said the 234 nurses were selected during the Auxiliary Nurse Training as part of the poverty alleviation programme.

The programme started in August 2003 with 152 students. To date, a total of 1 980 auxiliary nurses have been trained. The programme continues to alleviate poverty in the province.

"On Friday, we will award certificates to 234 auxiliary nurses and 347 enrolled nurses who have satisfied the South African Nursing Council requirements for Auxiliary Nurses and Enrolled Nurses," he said.

The hospital nursing schools utilised in the training of the students are Sekororo, Dr M Mphahlele, WF Knobel, Kgapane, Elim, Malamulele, Dilokong, Voortrekker, George Masebe, FH Odendaal, Warmbath, Jane Furse, Siloam, Mokopane and Tshilidzini.

Makgotho said the award ceremony will be held at the Phoskor Community Centre in Phalaborwa.