Health workers are burning out: SAMA

According to the South African Medical Association, the COVID-19 pandemic is overwhelming hospitals, with workers suffering ‘burnout’. Numerous panels have been set up to deal with the crisis. SAMA national chairperson Angelique Coetzee has more on this. #eNCA Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The COVID-19 pandemic is overwhelming hospitals with workers suffering ‘burnout’, according to the South African Medical Association (SAMA).

Numerous panels have been set up to deal with the crisis.

READ: WHO recognises workplace burn-out as a syndrome

SAMA national chairperson Angelique Coetzee explained that there are fewer doctors available to cover shifts resulting in co-workers needing to work overtime to provide medical services to all the patients.

"The emotional burnout on these doctors and nursing staff is enormous and if we do not address that, we are going to lose young doctors to emigration. They just get so disillusioned, they leave the medical work that they are doing," Coetzee said.

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