Nursing unions have called on government to provide them with counselling facilities.

Unions are reported to have said the second wave had a devastating effect on healthcare workers and many had to resign as a result of the trauma of dealing with a high number of deaths.

A total of 339 healthcare workers died of COVID-19 related illness in South Africa between March and November last year, with most deaths occurring in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

Rich Sicina is a nurse and general secretary of the Young Nurses Indaba Trade Union: