Khayelitsha hospital worker’s death being probed

Cape Town – The provincial Health Department is investigating the death of a Khayelitsha Day Hospital (KDH) healthcare worker who allegedly tested positive for Covid-19.

Household aid Nolufefe Mdumata passed away early Sunday at a private away after she was put in ICU for several days.

Health Department spokesperson for the Khayelitsha and Eastern Substructure Sithembiso Magubane said the department was awaiting confirmation of the cause of death.

“A Khayelitsha Hospital staff member who was admitted to a private hospital has passed away. The department would like to express our sincere and deepest condolences to the family.

“We are awaiting confirmation on the cause of death and this will be communicated as soon as we have confirmed,” Magubane said.

According to National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) regional secretary Zukisani Mabengu, Mdumata tested positive for the virus.

The Western Cape remains the epicentre of the coronavirus in the country with just over 70% of cases coming from the province.

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