Mkhize: Health workers are our primary soldiers in coronavirus fight, they have to be safe

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 Health Minister Zweli Mkhize. (Darren Stewart/Gallo Images)
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize. (Darren Stewart/Gallo Images)

Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize says no health professional will be forced to work in an area where they do not feel protected.

"We need our staff to be protected and to be safe," Mkhize told the media at a briefing on Tuesday. 

"Health professionals must take all the precautions from being infected. Our staff are our primary soldiers in this fight."

The minister was at the Motsepe Foundation’s offices in Sandton, Johannesburg, to receive a donation of protective gear from businessman Patrice Motsepe and SA entrepreneur and philanthropist, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe.

"We have come with excitement to receive donations for some of the most essential PPE (personal protective equipment) - 200 000 surgical masks, boxes of gloves and a few other items. It is a very important contribution," Mkhize explained.

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According to the minister, this donation "will help sort a lot of problems".

"Like all parts of the world, our stock is going down. It is difficult to get replacements supplied – even the stock we have has been called on by other countries.

"The real fight is the prices, so we thank the Motsepe’s for their swift action and generous donation," Mkhize added.

Mkhize warns against 'calm before storm'

More cases 

South Africa has 1 749 confirmed Covid-19 cases and one more death in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), bringing the total number of deaths from the coronavirus to 13.

The 60-year-old man, who died at a private healthcare facility in Durban, had stage four cancer, the minister confirmed.


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