As COVID-19 infections continue to rise, hospitals are feeling the pressure, with many close to full capacity.
Experts say hospital admissions will probably climb.
Hospitals in Emalahleni are buckling under the pressure of increased COVID-19 infections.
The Emalahleni Private Hospital has been taking in patients from hospitals that are running out of space, but now it says it’s also running out of staff and space.
“We are all full. The other hospitals here in Emalahleni as well,” said Dr Elsabe Conradie.
Meanwhile, the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital has been reopened for radiation and oncology patients.
But there are concerns that it still can’t accommodate COVID-19 patients.
Head of Wits School of Clinical Medicine, Daynia Ballot, said she is also concerned about the lack of nurses.
“We have to acknowledge that reopening the hospital, particularly after the fire, cannot just be an instantaneous thing. It will be a phased approach,” Ballot said.
“The problem is manpower. So, whenever we speak about a hospital bed, obviously, we need to have the equipment and the staff to take care of the patients and a particular cadre of healthcare workers that we lack are nurses.”
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