A psychiatric patient died on Wednesday due to a lack of medical care, bringing the death total in the Eastern Cape to five, the provincial health department said.
Eastern Cape health spokesperson said three infants and two adults had so far died from a lack of medical care caused by the public sector strike.
The most recent was an adult who died at Komani Psychiatric hospital in Queenstown, due to an untreated wound.
The hospital was among those which had not been assisted by the military.
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