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nursing thumb medium90 93TimesLIVE reports that two nurses died of Covid-19 complications in the Western Cape on Thursday, bringing the number of nurses in the province who have succumbed to the disease to five.  

Registered nurse Nandipha Kambi of Gugulethu died at Vincent Pallotti hospital after three weeks on a ventilator.  She was a community screening manager for the NGO In The Public Interest (IPI), which does community screening for Covid-19 and chronic medication home deliveries.  Yumna Haffejee of IPI described the Gugulethu grandmother as a dedicated manager who served her community well.  Magdalena Julies, a paediatric nurse at Melomed Hospital in Bellville, died at Tygerberg Hospital on Thursday afternoon.  Julies' daughter Rushana Pieterse lamented:  “It was a very difficult time the events leading to her death.  The saddest part is you cannot visit, so there were no goodbyes.  It is a very cold experience.  The only comfort we have is the passion that she had serving people.”  The deaths of Kambi and Julies follow that of Anncha Kepkey from Parow, assistant manager at the trauma unit at Tygerberg Hospital, who died due to Covid-19 at Melomed Hospital in Bellville on Wednesday morning.  Assistant nurse Ntombizakithi Ngidi was buried on Sunday.  Petronella “Ouma Nellie” Benjamin was the first nurse to die of Covid-19 in the province, on 29 April.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Sipokazi Fokazi at TimesLIVE

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