Rest is for the dead, I have God’s work to do: doctor, 92

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Rest is for the dead, I have God’s work to do: doctor, 92

Despite risks to his health during the pandemic, the Durban doctor won’t back down

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“There will be plenty of time to rest when I am dead.”

These are words 92-year-old Durban doctor Perisamy Govender lives by as he soldiers on, seeing patients during Covid-19 despite the risks to his life because of his age.

The quote was taken from the novel Love in the Time of Cholera, by Colombian Nobel-winning author Gabriel García Márquez, which Govender insists one should read to better understand why he is still practising...

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