Level 3 lockdown: Hospital trauma units brace for spike in admissions

For the past three days we’ve been able to buy liquor. Some trauma specialists have warned of increased admissions as road accidents and domestic violence will no doubt increase. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Some trauma specialists have warned of increased admissions in hospitals following the lifting of the alcohol ban.

Trauma specialist Professor Kenneth Boffard from Milpark Hospitals says trauma units are likely to have a higher number of admissions over the weekend.

READ: Western Cape sees increase in alcohol-related hospital admissions

"We have seen a near doubling in the number of patients over the alcohol limit since the beginning of the week," he said.

Meanwhile, the Milpark and Chris Hani Baragwanath hospitals have been treating people for domestic and other violence since the beginning of Level 3.

READ: 'It just got worse': Domestic violence surges under SA lockdown

Professor Boffard says alcohol may well have contributed to some of these cases.

"We have yet to see a rise in nighttime car vehicle crashes, so it is mainly drinking at home, marital discord, partner abuse and interpersonal violence."

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