Two GPs die of Covid-19 in Limpopo, first deaths among province's health workers

17 August 2020 - 12:32 By Naledi Shange
Two doctors in private practices in Limpopo have lost their lives to Covid-19.
Two doctors in private practices in Limpopo have lost their lives to Covid-19.
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Limpopo, the province which has until now had no deaths related to Covid-19 among its medical workers, has reported the deaths of two doctors.  

In a statement, the Limpopo health department said: “The two doctors, aged 57 and 47,  are the first cases of health-care workers in the province to die of complications related to Covid-19. They were both general practitioners working for their own independent practices.”

“They died while receiving treatment at Netcare and Mediclinic respectively,” the department said.

MEC Phophi Ramathuba conveyed her condolences to the families and friends of the doctors.

Earlier this month, health minister Zweli Mkhize announced that 27,360 infections had been reported among hospital workers around the country since the outbreak, and 242 had died after contracting the coronavirus.

This included doctors, nurses, hospital porters, hospital administration workers and other hospital staff.

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