Coronavirus: Disaster as Gauteng runs out of hospital beds – 'Wait for other patients to die'

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As Covid-19 cases have started to spike in Gauteng, all government hospitals in the province have reached maximum bed capacity.

This was confirmed by the Gauteng Department of Health on Thursday.

"Please note that all the Gauteng Health facilities have reached the maximum bed capacity," department spokesperson Philani Mhlungu told News24.

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Mhlungu added that the reasons for maximum capacity being reached included the number of maternity cases, neonatal ICU cases, mental health (substance abuse) cases, trauma cases (alcohol) and Covid-19 cases.

"These are some of the reasons why hospital beds have reached maximum capacity."

Mhlungu added that patients who needed to be admitted at a facility which had reached capacity would be diverted to other hospitals where beds had opened up.

On Wednesday, Gauteng Health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku told News24 that while he doesn't believe the public healthcare system would fail in coming weeks, it would, however, "feel the pressure".

"It will be overcrowded in hospitals. We are already feeling the pressure in many facilities and we are going to see a lot of accident and emergency departments filled up with patients waiting to be put on beds and we are going to see a lot of healthcare workers exhausted, fatigued – a whole lot of absenteeism that might be coming from that part," he said.

As of 1 July, there were 45 944 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Gauteng with a total of 3 091 people hospitalised in both public and private hospitals in the province, according to the department.

The province also recorded 244 deaths and 12 957 recoveries to date.

Of the total confirmed cases, 22 388 cases were recorded in Johannesburg, 9 845 cases in Ekurhuleni and 7 235 cases in Tshwane.

– News24


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