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By Russel Molefe | 2012-01-13 06:40:22.0 | COMMENTS [ 26 ]

NURSES should fully apply their minds to whether to attend to anyone in an emergency medical situation outside the premises of health institutions.

This is the view of Limpopo health spokesman Joe Maile after residents of Sebayeng village in Solomondale complained of the "rudeness" and "uncaring attitude" of nurses at the local clinic. This was after another resident was hit by a car last Saturday.

Sehlabane Pheeta alighted from a minibus taxi on a busy provincial road that runs through the village.

He apparently dropped a parcel as he crossed the road and on picking it up he was hit by an oncoming car.

Jack Makgasha, who witnessed the accident, explained: "The clinic is almost 100m from where the accident happened. We rushed to the clinic for the nurses to provide first-aid.

"But the nurses were very rude and told us they don't work on the streets."

Pheeta died an hour later lying on the road without having been given first aid by the nurses.

Makgasha said Pheeta was the fourth person to be hit by a car on that stretch of road since last year, with nurses refusing to provide assistance.

"My heart was very sore when I saw him lying on the road with his life slowly ebbing away," Makgasha said

"We have also made a request to the municipality for speed humps on that stretch of road but there has been no response so far."

But Maile said nurses sometimes find themselves in a catch-22 situation because it may sound rude for nurses to tell people in need of medical attention that they "don't work on the streets".

On the other hand, it's "true that the nurses only work in the confines of their institutions", Maile said.

"Sometimes it's not practical for the nurses to leave the institution to attend to someone on the street.

"The people should have carried that person to a clinic or used the same car that knocked him down him to take him to hospital."


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2012-01-13 06:51:45.0 | 0 replies

Ok, I understand but out of the goodness of their hearts dammit, they could just helped the poor oake....Just enough to survive......

So, if this is how it works, our police officers will turn a blind eye on crime and claim to be off duty??...Really this where we heading?

2012-01-13 10:54:07.0 | 0 replies

kigere - so why didn't they offer to call them?

2012-01-13 11:03:29.0 | 0 replies


The public would have stopped the traffic as there was a dude lying dying in the middle of the road.
The nurses could quite easily have explained (to those who were trying to help him) how to safely move him to the side of the road and then (if they didn't want to get involved) they could have told someone what to do until the paramedics arrived. As it was they just told them to foetsek.

2012-01-13 11:17:00.0 | 0 replies

"The people should have carried that person to a clinic" - Bull crap @ it's best. when someone has been hit by a car, only professional health worker must move the person as someone with no experience can damage other parts on the injured person. the government should do something about those low life air heards being called nurses. their job is to save lives. i hope they get what is coming to them very soon. shame on them. sis!

2012-01-13 12:13:24.0 | 0 replies

Rural they are starting to behave like Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital Nurses.

2012-01-13 12:31:51.0 | 0 replies

Poor nurses. Everything just falls on us!
Surprising how much the public know about the OATH we took, but they don't know about the South African Nursing Council (SANC). Had these poor nurses gone to the scene and the victim died, like he did, the nurses jobs were on the line.
Why didn't the PARAMEDICS, who are the ones trained for such incidents, attend to the scene?

2012-01-13 12:37:06.0 | 0 replies


Nobody is asking that they act in their professional capacity as nurses. We are just questioning why they didn't act in their private capacity as HUMANS.

This may come as a complete revelation to you but sometimes immediate first aid can save a person whilst waiting for the paramedics. It would have taken the paramedics longer to get to the site than it would have taken a nurse as the paramedics were NOT A MEASLY 100m away from the accident site !!!

2012-01-13 12:41:59.0 | 0 replies

Ndi kholomo ya musanda, wa i khada wa khakha wa i litsha wa khakha.

2012-01-13 12:45:03.0 | 0 replies

tebzatbh: I accept this, but am still baffled by the fact that they couldn't just pick up a phone and call the Emergency Services.

2012-01-13 12:48:13.0 | 0 replies

Fire them........

2012-01-13 13:23:11.0 | 0 replies