Limpompo department of health is in hot water for failing to ensure that the nursing college remain operational. Health-sector union is not happy with the health department as they could not enroll the student,employ people to fill post which are believed to be vacant for estimated time of 9 years. To reopen the now defunct campuses.
Limpompo nursing college has 5 satellite campuses in the province they are based on Thohoyandou,Waterburg,Giyani,Sekhukhune and Sovenga. They have a number of challenges, they also failed to enroll new student.
COVID-19 restrictions has exposed department of health in terms of shortage of nurses in the province. Reviving these old nursing college could help to reduce crisis said provincial secretary of National Education,Health and Allied Workers Union Moses Maubane.
According to The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa provincial secretary Jacob Molepo said the union has tried a number of time to talk to institutions to go enroll student since 2019 . However their efforts has been fruitless.
The nursing college has been accredited to offer a brand new diploma wich is aimed at replacing the old diploma but it has been reluctant to do so for a long period.
There is a shortage of Nursing personnel as some have left the government sector to look for greener pasture in private sector. Some have retired from the profession,others have past away.
According to Limpompo Department of health spokesperson Neil Shwikwambana said the nursing college is in danger of losing accreditation of 3 year course. This is due to the fact that the college got accredited two years ago.
It has failed to accept new student due to lack of budget in department of health.
The main aim is to try and get new students to register for 2022 academic year. In order to keep the accreditation.
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