North West Health MEC Madoda Sambatha has sent condolences to the families of the healthcare workers - two doctors and two nurses - who tragically succumbed to Covid-19.
“COVID-19 has claimed the lives of the much-needed health workforce over the past week. This happens at a time when the province is experiencing a surge of positive COVID-19 cases,” Sambatha said.
One of the victims, Dr Lomalisa Litenye, who specialised as a gynaecologist and obstetrician, was well-known in Mahikeng, while Dr Florah Makama was a clinical psychologist.
The two doctors were based in Mahikeng and had endeared themselves to the residents of the province’s capital city.
The two nurses were the employees of the Department of Health, one based at Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District and the other in the Ngaka Modiri Molema District.
Sambatha said that the death of two doctors and two nurses is a loss not only to the department but to the country as a whole.
“The death of these health professionals is a great loss to the department but even more so to their loved ones. The department and the province pay tribute to these fallen health professionals. Sambatha said, ending the statement by saying that “their contribution to the health care systems and service to our people is much appreciated. I send my deep condolences to the loved ones, family, friends and colleagues of the departed.”