Joy as 101-year-old woman beats Covid-19 in South frican Hospital

PRETORIA – Jubilation was palpable in the corridors of the Tshwane District Hospital as centenarian Betty Mashiloane exited the medical facility after being cleared of Covid-19.

After the onset of Covid-19 in South Africa last year, the Tshwane District Hospital was designated as a specialist facility attending Covid-19 patients, merged with the adjacent Steve Biko Academic Hospital.

Elated, Tshwane District Hospital acting chief executive Dr Sasha Nkusi said caring for Mashiloane as a patient until she beat the deadly virus was a landmark for his medical facility and South Africa’s fight against the pandemic.

“As management of Tshwane District Hospital, we are proud to have been trusted with confidence by the family. Mama Mashiloane spent over a week in Ward Three where her family was constantly updated on her progress,” said Nkusi.

“She is so friendly and jovial despite her being in a hospital. Her spirit is positive and jovial.”

On Friday morning, data showed that South Africa had recorded 3,641 new Covid-19 infections and 61 more deaths in the past 24 hours.

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize on Thursday night said the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases identified in South Africa was 1,625,003. The total death toll had climbed to 55,568. – I0L

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