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‘Mr President, hear our cries as our healthcare colleagues die around us’

SA healthcare workers are pleading for assistance as dozens of professionals continue to die of Covid-19

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Health-care practitioners in KwaZulu-Natal are struggling to cope because so many of their colleagues have succumbed to Covid-19 in the second wave.

On Sunday, KwaZulu-Natal premier Sihle Zikalala said at least 107 health-care workers have died since the beginning of the pandemic. 

Dr Rinesh Chetty, a specialist orthopaedic surgeon in the province, said: “The death statistics take a few weeks to update, so it takes time to gather the information and correlate. [They are] definitely being underreported, probably unintentionally, due to shear volume overloading the logistics of counting.” ..

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