South Africa’s nine provinces have collectively employed 13 135 nurses during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said he was pleased with the numbers saying this proves that it is “possible to achieve such numbers in such a short space of time”.
Speaking at the Society of Private Nurse Practitioners of SA conference on Sunday, the Minister said government is cautiously breathing a sigh of relief as the country continues to see a decline in detected cases, hospital admissions, deaths and excess deaths.
This as South Africa recorded 20 deaths on Sunday, the country’s lowest one-day death toll since 23 May 2020.
In addition, 649 793 people have contracted the disease since the outbreak in March.
“Our recovery rate is now almost at 90% and our mortality rate has remained stable at around 2%,” he said.
He said mothers affected by COVID-19 have given birth to healthy babies.
“They are breastfeeding and physically bonding with their children, laying foundations for the wholesome upbringing and solid building blocks for a healthy and prosperous society.”
Mkhize said these achievements have been possible because of the passion, dedication and sheer diligence of nurses and midwives.
“We thank you for braving the threat of being infected yourself, and even of death.”
To date, over 31 000 healthcare workers have contracted Coronavirus, of which many of them are nurses and midwives, while 240 health practitioners succumbed to the disease.
Mkhize conveyed his heartfelt condolences to