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healthcareANA reports that Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Saturday noted with concern a number of confirmed Covid-19 cases of health workers who worked both in the private and public hospitals.  

He said as follows:  “This includes doctor and nurses.  We mention this because health workers are in the frontline of this battle.  They are exposed not only to their families but to the patients who they are meant to treat."  He added that amongst the confirmed Covid-19 cases involving health workers was a medical doctor in Limpopo who tested positive after he had travelled abroad on holiday and started experiencing symptoms on his return.  In Mpumalanga, another medical doctor who also travelled abroad returned to the province with symptoms which emerged a few days after he returned.  Mkhize said in Free State, they had received a report that three doctors, one nurse and one neurophysicist had tested positive for Covid-19, while six medical doctors in Gauteng had been infected.  "All these health workers are in a good medical condition with most of them having mild or no symptoms.  It is only one doctor in the Free State aged 70, who is in ICU.  It must be emphasised that none of these health workers were infected by patients that they were treating," Mkhiza advised.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard at Independent News
  • Read too, Free State doctor in ICU after contracting coronavirus, at News24
  • And also, Lack of best protective gear a worry for state medical staff, on page 2 of The Sunday Independent of 29 march 2020

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