STATEMENT BY MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR COMMUNITY SERVICES AND HEALTH, COUNCILLOR ZAHID BADROODIEN
As the world marks International Nurses Day, the City of Cape Town takes the opportunity to extend its sincere gratitude and appreciation for the crucial role that our nursing staff play in promoting primary healthcare in our city, but also as part of our COVID-19 response.
Healthcare workers are on the frontline in our response to this global pandemic, and they have selflessly devoted themselves to caring for others and nurturing communities.
Our nurses are our superheroes.
Every day they leave their families to look after communities across the city where their care is much needed.
As we mark International Nurses Day today we take the opportunity to extend our sincerest gratitude and appreciation to every single nurse for the role that they play every day in our city and communities.
Their efforts are not going unnoticed and the City takes cognisance of the fact that they are putting their health and wellbeing on the line to care for us all.
Since the first cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in Cape Town, City Health and its healthcare partners have facilitated nearly 67 000 tests.
The high caseload in the metropole has demanded even more of our frontline workers and has also increased the risk to themselves and their loved ones.
Today, I am travelling to the Southern Peninsula to give thanks to our nurses on the frontline.
I will be delivering cupcakes and listening to the nurses speak of their experiences while conveying the community’s appreciation.
I will also be launching the 1000 cupcake challenge, calling on our residents to share in our combined appreciation by participating in this challenge.
Residents are encouraged to take part in this and bake special cupcakes for our frontline health staff.
Please pledge any support via the WhatsApp line at 082 766 2888 to arrange pick up of the baked goods or deliveries to our clinics should they be in possession of the necessary permits.
The best tribute we can pay to our nurses and other healthcare workers is to do our bit to halt the spread of COVID-19.
Stay at home and only go outdoors if you absolutely have to. Wear a mask at all times when out in public, maintain social distance from others and wash your hands regularly and properly with soap and water, or use a good quality hand sanitiser.
‘Heroes at our frontlines
Thank you for your sacrifice
Thank you for caring for all of us
HAPPY NURSES DAY’
Issued by: Media Office, City of Cape Town
Media enquiries: Councillor Zahid Badroodien, Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, City of Cape Town,
Cell: 072 639 5773,