Economic Freedom Fighters in Gauteng extended their condolences to the families of 8 dedicated doctors from Gauteng who succumbed to covid-19 .
Gauteng EFF calls on Acting MEC For health Jacob Mamabolo and Gauteng Department of health (GDOH) to prioritize safety of frontline workers and provide quality Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Among the medical practitioners who died on the front line last week were Dr Tokelo Ramakola, who was stationed at Jubilee District Hospital; Dr Duduzile Fakudze, who was working at George Mukhari Hospital in Ga-Rankuwa; Dr Nosipho Tebogo Taye from Leratong Hospital and Dr Jose Mwamba Tshiebwe, who was stationed at Helen Joseph Hospital in Rossmore.
As the province faces a surge in those infected with the covid-19 virus, health care workers are increasingly at risk of contracting the virus. EFF cautioned Gauteng Department of Health of the dire consequences of not supplying adequate quality PPE for all frontline workers working with patients who have COVID-19.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Gauteng EFF Provincial Acting Chairperson Itani Mukwevho said the concern in infections due to low quality PPE among nurses, paramedics, doctors and other healthcare staff is a serious concern that needs urgent intervention in order to avoid depleting the already exhausted workforce.
“Premier Makhura and Acting MEC for health Jacob Mamabolo must never send healthcare workers to war without proper ammunition.” said Mukwevho