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Mkhize Shines Light on Health Care Workers

August 17, 2020

Department of Health

240 health care workers had succumbed to COVID-19 by early August 2020.

The health department confirmed this in a statement on healthcare workers that have acquired Coronavirus COVID-19.

Out of the 240 health care workers, 37 were from the private sector and 203 from the public sector.

The department indicated that a total number of 27 360 health care workers were reported.

Of those, 6027 (22%) were from the private sector and 21 333 (78%) from the public sector.

“1 644 (6%) of these health care workers were doctors, 14 143 (52%) were nurses, 28 (less than 1%) were Port Health workers and 11 545 (42%) were from other categories of health workers.”

The health minister, Zweli Mkhize, pointed out that the overall infection rate amongst health care workers as compared to the total number of cases identified nationally is 5% which is well below the global average of 10%.

The minister also declared that the number of health care workers reported to have recovered as at 4 August 2020 is 16 005 representing a 58% recovery rate amongst health care workers.