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How safe are patients and doctors? That’s the billion-rand ...


How safe are patients and doctors? That’s the billion-rand question

Following the murder of an intern, the latest of many attacks, we look at how security is being beefed up in hospitals


The family of Sibongile Nkhwashu on Thursday bid farewell to the 24-year-old intern doctor found dead in her room at Manweng Hospital in Polokwane, Limpopo – the latest in a string of criminal attacks in hospitals countrywide.

“I must say this is one of the most devastating stories – the loss of a young doctor who would have been the first to be a doctor in her village,” said health minister Zweli Mkhize who visited the family earlier this week.

“As a department, we were so excited to have been able to place every single doctor, because they are very special, rare and have important skills for the country.”..

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