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Sister praises staff at SAWF-Home in Ermelo who had to make sacrifices to look after elderly during lockdown

“I have a 13-year-old son at home however, my mother is taking care of him and they are staying safe at home during the lockdown.”

Sister Nel Pretorius, matron at the South African Women Federation (SAWF) Ermelo-Home, thanked all the staff for their dedication towards the elderly during the national lockdown.

According to her, a total of 23 staffers decided to stay in and work during the lockdown since 23 March.

Staff are not allowed in or out of the old age home since older people are more susceptible to contract Covid-19.

Ms Thoko Vilakazi, a health care worker at SAWF-Home, said: “I love my job and taking care of the senior citizens.

“I have a 13-year-old son at home however, my mother is taking care of him and they are staying safe at home during the lockdown.”

According to Ms Zama Mazibuko, an enrolled nurse that has been working at SAWF-Home in Ermelo for six months, she is making sure the senior citizens are taking their medication on time, are fed and also takes time out of her day to read magazines and newspapers to them.

Ms Mazibuko is from Newcastle, and said her family phones her every day to ensure everyone is still doing okay and keeping safe during the national lockdown.

She said: “ I care for my patients a lot and that is why I decided to stay in during the lockdown.

“They are my family too.”

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