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He also addressed the issue of personal protective equipment, assuring people there was enough gear in stock.
“Our biggest ammunition on fighting the virus is technical professional training for healthcare workers on the frontline, and we are sure that there is adequate stock to share among institutions,” Mkhize said.
To date, the department reported, 135 healthcare workers have been affected by the virus, adding there was only one recorded death of a doctor in the Free State, who had a travel history, during the early days of the outbreak.
Mkhize also delved into the issue of doctors who cannot work during this period, saying some were not registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
“Some of them are doctors who studied abroad and then returned to SA but have not been registered yet, and you need that to practice – that is a very difficult one.
“It is impossible to employ them until they pass these obstacles,” he said.
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