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medicaldoctorBusinessLive reports that two doctors working at a Mpumalanga hospital were forced into a quarantine facility in Limpopo despite already self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19.  

The SA Medical Association (Sama) criticised Limpopo health MEC Phophi Ramathuba for the “iron-fisted manner” this was done.  However, her department said it was standard procedure and it would not be selective in applying its policies aimed at limiting the spread of Covid-19.  In a letter to Ramathuba on Thursday, Sama chair Angelique Coetzee bemoaned the treatment meted out to doctors Taryn Williams and Claire Olivier, who both tested positive for coronavirus last week.  The doctors work at Mmametlhake Hospital in Mpumalanga, but live together in Modimolle, Limpopo.  Coetzee said that on Tuesday EMS personnel arrived at the doctors’ house informing them they need to be moved to the MDR-TB Hospital in Modimolle, Limpopo, “a move both doctors have resisted”.  In Coetzee’s view the approach taken by the provincial health department regarding the two doctors was “heavy-handed, unfair, and contrary to the provisions which national government has stipulated”.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Luyolo Mkentane at BusinessLive

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