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More WC health workers contract COVID-19

Health facilities are under immense pressure facing staff shortages and the department is on a recruitment drive to secure the services of more nurses.

FILE: Snorkel masks protect healthcare personnel at Tygerberg Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic. Image: Western Cape Government.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape is still managing the highest active caseload in the country and cannot afford for more people to get infected.

The province is also facing a growing caseload amongst frontline healthcare workers.

Seventy-four health care workers have been hospitalised due to COVID-19 over the last two weeks, and 800 more are confirmed infected and isolating at home.

The province’s Health Head Dr Keith Cloete said medical staff continued to work tirelessly even as their own lives were at stake.

“We currently have more than 800 of our healthcare workers actively infected. So, they are isolating at home. Unfortunately, 74 of them had to be hospitalised in the last 14 days,” Cloete said.

Sadly, eight of those workers lost their lives.

Health facilities are under immense pressure facing staff shortages and the department is on a recruitment drive to secure the services of more nurses.

Cloete said they hoped to employ 1,200 workers on contract over the next few weeks.

“There’s about 411 staff that are immediately available. Over the next week, we are expecting to bring additional staff online and by the first week in January, we’re trying to get to the targeted number,” he said.

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