Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize voiced concern on Friday that 80% of the country's health-care workers who had contracted Covid-19 were based in the Western Cape.
This, he said, raised the question of bringing extra support into the province, where infections are expected to peak before other parts of the country.
He was speaking during a visit to the province by President Cyril Ramaphosa, who expressed grave concern about the Covid-19 crisis unfolding there.
Mkhize said as of May 28, the national number of health-care workers who had contracted Covid-19 was 2,084. Around 80% of them were in the Western Cape.
There were 83 doctors, 727 nurses and 481 other health workers infected in the public sector in the province.
“This is of great concern to us and raises the question of additional support. We are looking into deploying doctors from both the private and public sectors across the country to come and assist the province,” said Mkhize.
“Crews from KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape have been deployed to assist.”