For rural nurses on SA’s Covid-19 front line, there’s no time to ...

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For rural nurses on SA’s Covid-19 front line, there’s no time to mourn

Health workers face a physical, mental and emotional slog, but patients are grateful

Kim Harrisberg

Nurse Ruth Seikaneng did not have time to mourn her colleague, Dudu, who died from Covid-19 in one quick, painful week in July.

In the town of Reivilo in the North West, where Seikaneng works, patients were waiting for a diagnosis, personal protective equipment (PPE) had to be ordered and a full week of 12-hour shifts lay ahead.

“We miss Dudu. That loss, it was so bad. But we had to come straight back to work to make sure no one else got sick,” she said between consultations...

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