‘Mr President, hear our cries as our healthcare colleagues die ...


‘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


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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