Western Cape has enough staff, hospitals as peak nears

With the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases across the country, hospitals are filling up. Western Cape health officials say the province is nearing its peak, but there are enough staff and beds.

CAPE TOWN - With the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases across the country, hospitals are filling up.

Western Cape health officials say the province is nearing its peak, but there are enough staff and beds.

Four COVID-19 field hospitals have been built to accommodate the influx of admissions.

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Health officials say the four field hospitals have significantly decongested what they call the acute service platform.

“We have spent the first 100 days at a frenetic pace in planning, implementing, executing our plans getting these field hospitals up and running so we can be absolutely sure we are ready when the escalation hits our province," said Dr Saadiq Kariem, chief of operations at the Western Cape Health Department.

Kariem said the hard lockdown gave the province an opportunity to recruit staff and put the necessary equipment in place.

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“We started are planning in the first 100 days. We called for volunteers, we have nurses, Cuban doctors and bursary nurses that have been appointed at the CTICC. We appointed an additional 350 nurses. There are also 70 doctors employed," he said.

Kariem says the province has had a very good success rate with COVID-19 patients recovering in hospital, including some who were very ill when they were admitted.

He added that the province has been working well with the private sector, and a number of medical professionals have volunteered their services, including doctors, pharmacists and admin staff.

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