By Nyakallo Mosala

It is no secret that front-line workers, including doctors and nurses, are prone to COVID-19. With the virus having already claimed the lives of 48 people in the North West Province, a staggering four health professionals have become the latest victims of the virus. According to the provincial department of health, two doctors and two nurses died due to COVID-19 over the past week. “It has emerged that COVID-19 has claimed the lives of the much-needed health workforce over the past week. This happens at the time when the Province is experiencing a surge of positive COVID-19 cases.
“We have sadly learnt of the passing of Dr Lomalisa Litenye and Florah Makama. As if that was not enough the Province lost two nurses over the past week. We are saddened by the loss of these health professionals”, said Health MEC Madoda Sambatha.

Dr Litenye was a well-known a healthcare practitioner in Mahikeng who, specialised as a gynaecologist and obstetrician while Dr Makama was a clinical psychologist. “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 pays tribute to these fallen health professionals. 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” said Sambatha.

The infection rate in the province is at 17 338.