Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Denosa condemns behaviour of TB patients

By Yamkela Xhaso
24 February

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa says it is concerned by the violent behaviour of Extreme Drug Resistant and Multi Drug Resistant Tuberculosis patients at the Jose Pearson TB hospital in Port Elizabeth.

Eastern Cape DENOSA Provincial Secretary Kholiswa Tota said they are also concerned about the safety and security of nurses, as they have witnessed violent incidents against them in the recent past.

Tota said this has been happening for quite some time that patients attack doctors, saying they want to go home. Last Friday the parents of the XRD6 kids threatened the doctor to grant their children permission to go to school. The parents even wanted to burn the doctor’s office.

Tota said “the department should be very firm” in dealing with this issue. The department must teach the patients about their own health and why must they be in hospital for a long time. “What is important is their health and the health of other people, if they are going to be released from the hospital they are going to infect other people”.

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