"As essential workers we always put our lives in danger but we don't get risk allowance and full PPE [personal protective equipment]," said the nurse. She said due to shortage of staff at her hospital, she was forced to work extra shifts.
Another nurse from a clinic in Daveyton, on the East Rand, said although she worked in a smaller facility she had more pressure because of the high number of patients needing care.
"The clinic I work at caters for many people, and because there are mushrooming informal settlements everywhere we never have enough staff," said the nurse.
The nurse said the clinic has long queues and some people are turned away when it's time to close.
"We also have cases that cannot be accommodated at clinic level because our clinic is small and has no facilities."