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Groote Schuur health workers celebrate resilience with 'Jerusalema' dance

At least 584 health workers at the hospital have contracted the disease and five have died.

Healthcare workers at Groote Schuur, trying to stay positive, do the "Jerusalema" dance challenge. Picture:  Kevin Brandt/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Groote Schuur Hospital health workers have celebrated their resilience in facing the COVID-19 challenge.

Various departments on Wednesday joined in the Jerusalema dance challenge, the hit Master KG tune that has taken the world by storm.

At least 584 health workers at the hospital have contracted the disease and five have died.

Jubilant cheers ring out through Groote Schuur Hospital’s Palm Court as health workers bust a move as part of the Jerusalema challenge.

Ronèl Joubert, operational manager at the hospital’s maternity ward explained that during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, they had to adapt to a rapidly changing environment.

“You have a ward and then the next time you hear you need to change it to a COVID-19 ward, but we had very good support from nursing staff.”

Nursing administration clerk, Chanel Roman, said that seeing patients recover helped reduce stress and anxiety.

“I know people had the disease, but they recovered. What was difficult, was seeing staff members who had the virus, but we had colleagues who motivated us to get through each day.”

Groote Schuur Hospital has admitted 2,330 patients under investigation for COVID-19 and has treated 1,850 confirmed cases.

Around 91% of COVID-19 patients in the Western Cape have recovered.

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