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The PHSDSBC will be negotiating to resolve the current impasse affecting the Forensic Pathology Officers (FPOs) who have expressed their dissatisfaction about performing functions which fall outside the scope of their practice, namely: dissecting bodies, removing organs, replacing organs, stitching open bodies and preparing organs for investigation by the Pathologists. Click link below to read full document

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12 May was chosen to be celebrated as International Nurses Day, as it is the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Nursing is not for the faint-hearted; nurses and midwives welcome us into the world, help us to stay for as long as possible and often comfort us in the end. Nurses play a key role in all of our medical institutions, being responsible for the welfare, safety and recovery of patients.

Nurses have an enormous amount of knowledge and diverse skills which they spend years perfecting and developing, while working in tough environments where extreme stress is part of the job. Nurses help bring new life into the world, care tirelessly for the sick and injured, and sometimes have to watch the patients they do everything to save, pass away despite their best efforts. The Council extends a big, Thank You, to acknowledge the hard work, long hours, and sacrifice that are a part of the lives of nurses.

World Health Day 2017

7 April 2017 – The focus for World Health Day 2017 depression. The goal is that more people with depression, everywhere in the world, should both seek and get help. Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. More than 300 million people are living with depression. As many as one in six South Africans suffer from anxiety or depression. Furthermore, research reveals that over 40% of people living with HIV in South Africa have a diagnosable mental disorder.

People do not know where to go to get help, or are too frightened to seek it, due to the stigma attached to mental illness. Stigmas surrounding mental health pose a major stumbling block when it comes to treating the disease in South Africa. In Zulu, there is not even a word for ‘depression’. As a result, of it not being considered a “real” illness, sufferers are afraid of being discriminated against, that is, being disowned by their families or fired from work, should they admit to having a problem. There is the prevalent perception that someone with a mental illness is crazy, dangerous or weak. The absence of physical symptoms with mental illness, also causes doubt that it is, a mere figment of the imagination.

The first step to helping patients is to get them to talk about it. Many sufferers feel alone, scared and misunderstood. Increased awareness and educating the public about mental health issues will encourage more people to share their diagnoses and seek help.