A Diary from the Frontline – Episode 5:
Dr. Zolelwa Sifumba, a community service medical officer, is dealing with the rise in COVID-19 numbers in rural South Africa. She survived a struggle with MDR-TB–a form of tuberculosis– and now worries that she may be prone to contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty. During the pandemic, Zolelwa started working with babies in the maternity ward, but was quickly shifted to treating COVID-19 patients as the numbers began to peak. She grapples with the daily stresses of being overworked, increasing anxiety and watching her colleagues contract the disease. “It’s just scary going to work, hospitals are supposed to be the place where people go to get better. It almost feels like there is no safe place,” Sifumba said.
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