Coronavirus | Eastern Cape doctor 'much better' after ICU admission

2020-04-17 11:29

A King William's Town doctor believes he is on the mend after he was admitted to the intensive care unit of St Dominic's Hospital for treatment for the novel coronavirus.

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Exactly a week ago, Dr Sizwe Mxenge, 47, had been working at his private practice. But on Friday, he started to feel ill.

"I felt a loss of energy, my appetite was gone, I developed an irritating cough and I had shortness of breath when I walked," Mxenge recalled.

Generally a healthy and fit person who exercises every day, he self-isolated immediately, suspecting that something was wrong.

"On Saturday night, I realised I was feeling really bad," he said.

He was admitted to the private East London hospital in the early hours of Sunday morning.

On Thursday night, he said: "I am feeling much better."

Oxygen was administered earlier in the week but he is now breathing in the air around him, he said, stifling a cough.

The well-known general practitioner has been in private practice in King William's Town for more than 10 years.

Despite taking precautions to avoid contracting Covid-19, Mxenge said he believed he was infected by one of his patients.

He said no one sought medical assistance from him for coronavirus symptoms and urged anyone who had might have had contact with him to be tested because he had no idea who passed the virus on to him.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Thursday that 95 060 tests were conducted in South Africa and there were 2 605 positive cases.

At the time of publication, the Eastern Cape had 220 cases - the fourth highest after Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal - with four fatalities and nine recoveries.

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